Arsenal v Liverpool - Combined XI

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Arsenal face Liverpool this weekend at the Emirates Stadium in a top-four clash.

Both teams have made impressive stats to the Premier League campaign, with some excellent individual performances.

And, ahead of their clash in north London, we take a look at a potential starting line-up given the choice of both squads to select from:

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have very similar philosophies, but on experience, Arsene will lead this team.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Despite Liverpool's use of a 3-5-2 style using wing-backs, i've opted for a more conventional system due to it still being still being in an experimental stage.

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny

Both Simon Mignolet and Szcesny are very capable young goalkeepers in their own right. Mignolet's penalty-save on the opening day was an indication of his ability but the Polish international starts ahead due to the form he is in, with a man-of-the-match display at Crystal Palace last week.

Right-back: Glen Johnson

Both Johnson and Sagna are strong and experienced players, but Sagna's struggled to get back to his best since his two leg breaks and disrupts Arsenal's flow going forward, where as Johnson is a very good attacking threat.

Centre-backs: Kolo Toure and Laurent Koscielny

I have selected the former Arsenal defender Toure alongside Koscielny for their combination of attributes. Toure is a leader on the pitch while Koscielny's technically very good. An acrobatic tackler with a lot of pace. Per Mertersacker and Martin Skrtel are unfortunate to miss out however.

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs

The 24-year-old has overcome his injury problems to secure a starting place in the Arsenal team ahead of Spain's Nacho Monreal. His attacking enthusiasm, confidence on the ball and recovery pace are the reasons he starts over Jose Enrique.

Holding midfield: Steven Gerrard (C) and Aaron Ramsey

The experience of England captain Steven Gerrard, who is beginning to adapt to his deeper role well, will play next to Arsenal's player of the season Aaron Ramsey. The pair would compliment one another nicely, keeping the game ticking over.

I've left out the use of a natural defensive midfielder, such as Mathieu Flamini or Lucas Leiva, due to the expected domination of possession this side would have. Both Gerrard and Ramsey are combative enough to win back the ball.

Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil, Luis Suarez, Santi Cazorla

The combination of these three magicians could tear apart the best drilled defences in world football. With the security of those sitting behind them, with these three two-footed players, all on the same wavelength, the combination play would be sensational.

Ozil has had to pushed out wide to accommodate for Suarez centrally but that is no issue for him to cause problems. Arguably, Philippe Coutinho could start in place of Cazorla in this trio, but the Spaniard just about gets the nod from me.

Forward: Daniel Sturridge

The Premier League's top-scorer Sturridge is without doubt the man to play through the middle. His pace, movement, link-up play and finishing would be more suited to this side than the powerful alternative, Olivier Giroud. With the creative force behind him he would thrive and score goals for fun.

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