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Arsenal & Tottenham: Combined XI

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With Sunday's north London derby edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to take a look at an Arsenal and Tottenham combined XI.

The two rivals have so far endured significantly different transfer windows with varying degrees of success - Andre Villas-Boas has strengthened his Spurs side considerably, whilst Arsene Wenger's only foray into the market has been to sign an unknown French youth international. Sound familiar, Arsenal fans?

Although Arsenal seem to have a stranglehold over Tottenham in their ongoing fight for fourth, Spurs have upped the anti in the transfer stakes and have eclipsed their rivals off the pitch.

So, taking into account Spurs' summer signings, how many of their new additions make it into a north London combined XI? Have some players been left out who you think deserve a place in this stellar line-up? Leave your comments in the box provided below.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has earned plaudits from far and wide since arriving at Spurs, though he's not had it all his own way.

Having joined the club from Lyon in 2012, Lloris initially struggled to dislodge veteran Brad Friedel.

Andre Villas-Boas eventually gave the 26-year-old 'keeper the no.1 jersey and Lloris hasn't looked back since.

Right-back: Bacary Sagna

Although Wenger might be looking to utilise Sagna in the centre of defence this season, the France international is still more than capable at full-back, despite losing a yard of pace.

The 30-year-old former Auxerre star edges out Kyle Walker to the right-back slot, though the Spurs ace pushes Sagna all the way.

Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny

Putting the opening day red card aside for a moment, Koscielny's progression has surprised many since joining Arsenal back in 2010.

Approaching 100 league appearances for the club, the 27-year-old defender has become synonymous with Arsenal over the last three years.

Centre-back: Younes Kaboul

Tottenham re-signed Kaboul in 2010 from Portsmouth, having originally sold the Frenchman to the south coast club in 2008.

Although his spell in north London has been plagued by injury, the 27-year-old stopper has returned to the first-team fold in recent weeks and is looking to put his injury woes behind him.

Left-back: Jan Vertonghen

Although Vertonghen prefers to play in the heart of defence, the Belgian ace is equally as competent at left-back and fully merits his spot in this XI.

The 25-year-old defender became Villas-Boas' second signing at Spurs and has gone on to become a key figure at White Hart Lane.

Defensive midfield: Paulinho

A summer signing at Spurs, Paulinho moves to White Hart Lane with a burgeoning reputation, having won the Confederations Cup with Brazil earlier this year.

Although it's early days, Paulinho has got his Tottenham career off to a flier, impressing in their opening Premier League fixtures.

At just under £17 million, Paulinho looks like a good purchase.

Defensive midfield: Mousa Dembele

A two-year stint across London with Fulham was enough to persuade Villas-Boas to spend big to bring Dembele to the Lane.

Since arriving in 2012 for £15 million, Dembele has gone on to become the creative spark in Spurs' midfield.

Prior to his move to Tottenham, Manchester United were linked with the 26-year-old and based on his performances for AVB's side, it's no surprise either.

Right attacking-midfield: Theo Walcott

A toss-up between Aaron Lennon and Walcott, but it's the latter who wins it for me.

Walcott's pace, power and finishing ability - however inconsistent it may be - means he's a useful outlet on the flank and is more than capable in a role further forward.

A graduate from Southampton's famed academy, Walcott has become Arsenal's leading man. But with fans calling for Wenger to spend, for how much longer is anyone's guess…

Central attacking-midfield: Jack Wilshere

Another talent whose career has been hampered by injury. But make no mistake about it, when fit, there are few better than Wilshere.

On his day, the Arsenal captain is unplayable. The only problem is, those days don't come around too often.

That said, Wilshere is back to full fitness at present and despite an injury scare in the Champions League qualifier with Fenerbahce, Arsenal's no.10 looks set to star on Sunday.

Left attacking-midfield: Santi Cazorla

Although this isn't Cazorla's orthodox position, a player of his talent cannot be overlooked for a stellar line-up such as this.

Everything Arsenal create goes through the little Spaniard, and he's a key component to the make-up of the Gunners' midfield.

Striker: Roberto Soldado

Tottenham splashed the cash this summer, spending £60 million to date. £26 million of that went on Valencia's Soldado, and two goals in two league games goes same way to proving that the Spanish international is an astute acquisition.

Yes, both strikes have come from the spot, but Soldado's all-round performances have been positive, and as such he's chosen to lead the line ahead of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.


Wojciech Szczęsny, Kyle Walker, Thomas Vermaelen, Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud.

So, there you have it - a combined north London XI ahead of Sunday's all-important clash. It's worth mentioning that Gareth Bale has been omitted intentionally, as he closes in on a world-record breaking switch to Real Madrid.

Think some players have been overlooked? Can you create a better line-up? Have your say in the comments box provided.

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