Arsenal & Tottenham: Ultimate XI

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The north London derby has once again never failed to let us down with both teams competing for those Champions League places.

Once again Tottenham lost 5-2 at Arsenal after again being in front, the former Gunners man Emmanuel Adebayor scoring against his old club and then being sent off.

A season of north London derbies for Per Mertesacker and Gareth Bale as they scored home and away against the respective cubs unfortunately only making one of them count.

Both games would have been pivotal to where both teams would finish but as it has always been once again Arsenal came out the stronger on the final day of the season just piping Spurs to that final Champions League spot and it was back to the Europa League for Tottenham.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Loris | Tottenham

After a sticky start to his Spurs career due to the consistent form of Brad Friedel, Loris was playing a bit-part role for a good part of the beginning of the season, but with strong performances in cup games and European matches Loris was made first-choice goalkeeper by manager Andre Villas-Boas, ending brad Friedel's record of never missing a Premier League match.

The form of Wojciech Szczesny has been below-par and inconsistent, which led to him being dropped near the crucial part of the season and that’s why I have picked Hugo Loris.

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs | Arsenal

It's been a great season for the left-back; he started it off with signing a new contract with the Gunners and became the first-choice left-back and a fans' favourite in defence.

He scored a fantastic volley to send Arsenal through against Swansea in the FA Cup. Although he picked up a few injuries this season that kept him out of some games, his pace and dribbling on the ball has made him a key part of Arsenal finishing in the top four - and the poor form or Benoit Assou-Ekotto has made him first choice in this team.

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

A fantastic first season for the Belgium international has led to him cementing a place as first-choice centre-back in the Spurs line up.

His goalscoring threat has come up with a lot of important goals for Tottenham this season - the most important in the historic 3-2 win at Old Trafford v Manchester United. He was named in PFA Team of the Year so it was impossible to leave him out.

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker | Arsenal

He took a lot of stick last year from fans and critics alike but seemed like he was getting used to the Premier League at the end of last season and has come back this year as a really good player for the Gunners.

I think he'd be the first to admit he isn't the fastest player in the league but he makes up that by his well-timed challenges and his aireal threat. They say he doesn’t score enough goals from set plays for the height he is, but he does have two goals against rivals Tottenham which pleased the fans. The fact he has been the main centre-back and the others rotate around him made him perfect to partner Jan Vertonghen

Right-back: Kyle Walker | Tottenham

He came into the season being the holder of Young PFA Player of the Year award and he has not disappointed.

Walker has not revelled in the limelight this season and I do not think he has been as good, but he has got on with his job like a professional, kept his head down and improved as the season's got on.

The deteriorating form of Bacary Sagna has meant Walker is picked over him.

Centre-midfielder: Jack Wilshire | Arsenal

How could you leave him out? The fact he was a candidate for Arsenal's Players of the Season and has only played just over half just shows what an important player he is.

His range of passing for a player his age is fantastic and the way he keeps the flow of the game going single handedly is superb.

With pundits saying he will improve further it's almost scary to think what he will be like in seven years’ time.

Centre-midfielder: Moussa Dembele | Tottenham

There were a few questions asked of Dembele when he signed for Spurs from Fulham for £15m - he was a big player for them but the question was whether he could do the same for a different club?

The doubters were proved wrong when Dembele came off the bench on his debut to score in the 1-1 draw against Norwich and his most important goal had to be the the away goal he scored against Lyon to send Spurs through in the Europa League.

It was a hard choice between him and Mikel Arteta but he’s a powerfully gifted player with outstanding pace and passing ability put him ahead of Arteta who has had better seasons.

Right-wing: Theo Walcott | Arsenal

A lot has gone on this season with Theo Walcott from contract problems to positional issues. Despite these problems at the start of the season he finished with a flourish and not only hit the 20 goal mark for the first time in a season but also become Arsenal's top scorer for the season.

It was a hard position to fill because Lennon has been so important for Tottenham this season and when he hasn’t played you can tell there is a weakness in their team but due to the amount of goals Walcott has got this season, he’s been given the nod.

Attacking-midfielder: Santi Carzola | Arsenal

So many Spanish magicians in the Premier League at the moment with Juan Mata, David Silva and Carzola and the fact none of them start for Spain is outrageous.

The little creative genius has played nearly every game for Arsenal this season and has been at the heart of everything that has been produced by them. Be it a pass, a cross or a goal you can bet the Carzola has been involved in the move somehow. I think Spurs do lack in this area and even though they have Clint Dempsey he is nowhere near the same slandered so this was an easy choice.

Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Tottenham

The stats say it all, don’t they? Without Gareth Bale this season Tottenham would of finished ninth in the Premier League, which just proves they lack in depth and quality.

Nevertheless Bale has been fantastic, never giving us a dull goal and is probably the most skilful player along with Luis Suarez not to be playing Champions League football next year.

Striker: Jermain Defoe | Tottenham

If you’re looking for a reliable striker who scores goals at will then you have to look no further than Jermain Defoe. He has done it all his career for West Ham, Portsmouth and his beloved Tottenham: long-range shots, tap-ins, headers - any goal to mention and Defoe could give you a collection.

He has been able to take some of the burden of Bale this season and has yet again enjoyed a fantastic season. When goals dry up for him he still gives so much, between him and Olivier Giroud, who I think has had a tough time trying to live up to the standards of Robin van Persie and has actually had a good season, Defoe has been great for another season and I don’t think Giroud has completely adapted yet.


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