Radamel Falcao leads the line - Arsenal and Chelsea Combined XI

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With the Community Shield coming up this Sunday, both Arsenal and Chelsea fans are on edge.

Both sides have been performing well in preseason, with Chelsea coming off of a win against Barcelona and Arsenal just having won the Barclays Asia Trophy and their very own Emirates Cup.

Here's a look at what a combined XI of two of the Premier League's strongest sides going into the 2015/2016 season would look like.


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Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

It's hard to imagine the selection dilemma Jose Mourinho had with Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois in the same squad. What a delightful predicament.

Cech claims this spot ahead of Courtois because at 32 years of age he is at his prime and has years to offer. While Courtois featured more often than not for Chelsea last season, Cech's stats during the season before last are impressive.

He made 35 appearances compared to Courtois' 12 in 2014/2015. Cech conceded 0.7 goals per game to Courtois' 0.9 and completed 47% of his 34 matches with clean sheets as opposed to Courtois' 25% last season.


Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

Without a doubt, one of the best right-backs in the league. The 31-year-old made 38 appearances for Chelsea last season and provided his teammates with five assists. He's strong, intelligent, and gets forward.

Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

If you haven't seen that rabona goal Koscielny recently scored in training, you should watch it now. Not only does he boast skill, he's a strong defender who has won 52% of his tackles in 27 appearances. He also scored three goals last season.

Centre-back: John Terry (Chelsea)

At 34 years old, Terry has made 38 appearances for Chelsea during the 2014/2015 campaign. He remains the fearless defender he always has been and would make a good skipper for this combined XI.

Left-back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

While Chelsea can boast the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta in this position, Nacho Monreal has been incredible for Arsenal.

This past season, he completed 136 clearances for the Gunners as opposed to Azpilicueta's 108 for Chelsea. He made 27 appearances and asserted his dominance over Kieran Gibbs in this position.


Midfield: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Another tough pick between Nemanja Matic and Francis Coquelin. The Serbian has been key to Chelsea's performance. Without him, Chelsea didn't look the side they're capable of being. He played an impressive 36 matches for the Blues and created 73 interceptions and 129 clearances.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Does anything need to be said about this player's ability? He created a total of 93 chances last season and maintained a passing accuracy of 85%. Fabregas is an incredible distributor of the ball and continuously creates chances for his teammates up front.

Midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Nothing really needs to be said about this Spaniard either. He is absolutely magnificent on the ball. Is he left or right footed? Both.

The midfield magician can score awe-inspiring goals and provide support to his teammates up front. This Gunners' favorite has also created 93 chances for Arsenal in the 2014/2015 season. 

Winger: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Simply put, he's one of the best in the world. Eden Hazard scored 14 goals in the Premier League last season and created seven more chances than his teammate Fabregas. He can score goals, find his man in the box, read the game and is a leader. 

Winger: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Another incredible player who is creative, strong, and scores goals by the hatful.

Sanchez is undoubtedly one of the league's best in the position. The Chilean boasts a shot accuracy rate of 62% and has created 79 chances for his teammates.

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Striker: Radamel Falcao (Chelsea)

While both Olivier Giroud and Diego Costa are brilliant for their respective clubs, Mourinho has tipped Falcao to be the star striker Chelsea is looking for.

Here's hoping he will live up to that expectation after a dismal season for Manchester United where he scored a total of four goals.

What do you think? Would you tip Radamel Falcao to have the season of his life at Chelsea this year? Who makes your combined XI? Let us know in the comments box below.

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