Tim Sherwood picks very controversial combined XI for Arsenal vs Tottenham

Tim Sherwood

The first north London derby of the season looks set to be a corker on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal currently sit three points behind third-placed Tottenham and a loss to their bitter rivals at the Emirates would really harm their quest for a top-four spot in 2018/19.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have been impressive in their last two games, beating Chelsea 3-1 and Inter Milan 1-0.

Spurs seem to finally be hitting their groove after a number of scrappy wins in recent weeks - which have been testament to their new-found grit under Pochettino.

Arsenal themselves have also proved a number of doubters wrong under Unai Emery and are currently on an 18-game unbeaten run.

It's hard to split the two sides, with Arsenal the slightest of favourites with the bookies given their home advantage.

However, it seems Tim Sherwood didn't see it that way on Sky Sports' The Debate.

The former Spurs and Aston Villa manager was asked to pick his combined XI for the derby and he did so in rather comical fashion.

You can see both Sherwood and Paul Merson's picks below.

https://twitter.com/SkySportsPL/status/1068273205813620736

Not a single Arsenal player picked by Sherwood, while Merson only includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.

Sherwood believes the likes of Heung-Min Son, Harry Winks and Eric Dier are all deserving of a place over Aubameyang, Ozil and Lucas Torreira.

Arguments could also be made for Hector Bellerin over the out-of-form Kieran Trippier and Bernd Leno over Hugo Lloris.

As expected, fans in the comment section simply had to give Sherwood a piece of their mind.

Arsenal's Aubameyang

FANS REACT

https://twitter.com/Keir_7/status/1068275591634407424

https://twitter.com/GoaIKepa/status/1068273734476316672

https://twitter.com/elliott_reggie/status/1068276370713833472

https://twitter.com/daraghr10/status/1068276610720247809

https://twitter.com/d3anr/status/1068274819806965760

Even fans from other clubs were bemused by Sherwood's picks.

Given the recent form of Moussa Sissoko, the Frenchman can feel hard-done by not making it into the team.

If Emery needs any extra motivational methods for Sunday, he should simply pin Sherwood's XI to the dressing room door before the players enter.

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