Sol Campbell names his combined Arsenal-Tottenham starting XI

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Arsenal vs. Tottenham is always a big game, but this Sunday's north London derby has the potential to be one of the most important in years.

Both teams are flying high in the Premier League just now - Arsenal joint top on 23 points and Spurs in fifth place courtesy of an unbeaten start to the season - which means the first clash of the campaign has genuine title implications too  even though it arrives in early November.

But, if we were to put aside the bitter rivalry for a moment and create a combined starting XI using players from both squads, what would it look like? Former Spurs and Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell, speaking exclusively to 888sport, has offered his perfect lineup ahead of Sunday's big game...

GK - Hugo Lloris - Tottenham

As the last line of defence in a Tottenham team that have a league-low five goals this season, Lloris is rightly considered one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Of course, Gunners' 'keeper Petr Cech also deserves that tag but, six years older than his rival, Campbell has gone for the man who still has plenty more big years ahead of him.

RB - Hector Bellerin - Arsenal

Pipping fellow speedster Kyle Walker to the right-back spot, Bellerin has developed into a formidable player over the past few seasons.

Solid in defence, the Spaniard is also an added attacking threat for Arsene Wenger's men thanks to his pace and ability to overlap down the right flank. No wonder Barcelona keeps calling.

LB - Danny Rose - Tottenham

For as good as Arsenal's squad is, their left-back position may be the team's biggest weakness with neither Nacho Monreal or Kieran Gibbs pulling up any trees.

Rose, meanwhile, is a similar threat to Bellerin on the opposite side of the field. His pace gets him out of trouble in defence and often puts opponents into it at the other end of the pitch. He's also capable of getting on the scoresheet.

CB - Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal

Always a composed and physical defender, Koscielny has been playing arguably his best football of his career over the past six months or so.

The master of a well-timed block, the Frenchman would start for most Premier League clubs right now.

CB - Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham

Some Spurs fans would have opted for Vertonghen's centre-back partner Toby Alderweireld here, but the 29-year-old has more Premier League experience. 

Another defender capable of scoring a goal every now and then, Vertonghen has been key to Spurs' possession football in recent seasons. 

CM - Eric Dier - Tottenham

Dier has shot to fame in recent seasons and was one of England's few bright spots during their disastrous Euro 2016.

Versatile to play in defence as well in his customary DMC position, his ability to break up play and play the simple pass has made him a vital cog in the Pochettino machine.

CM - Santi Cazorla - Arsenal

Cazorla has been one of Arsenal's most in-form players so far this season and has reminded everyone that he is capable of unlocking any opposition defence. 

His eye for goal, pin-point passing and ability with either foot means, at times, he is virtually impossible to contain.

RW - Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal 

While Campbell clearly prefers Spurs' back four, he appears to be a big fan of Arsenal's midfield.

Ramsey may prefer to play centrally but, in this XI, he'd probably have to settle for a position out wide. Still, his football IQ means he is still never far away from a goal or an assist wherever he is playing.

LW - Mesut Ozil

There are few players in European football you'd want in your team over Mesut Ozil right now. 

The German's phenomenal goal in the Champions League on Tuesday summed up his quality, and he is the driving force behind Arsenal's good run of form over the past few months.

F - Alexis Sanchez

Moved more centrally this season, Sanchez has already bagged five goals. 

His relentless work ethic combined with extreme talent mean that he can almost singlehandedly win games for the Gunners when he is on top of his game.

F - Harry Kane

England and Spurs have missed Kane since he went down injured last month. 

The 23-year-old might not have the pace or first touch of some other big name strikers but he is arguably England's most natural finisher since Alan Shearer. 51 goals in 88 Premier League appearances backs that up.

Read the full 888sport interview with Sol Campbell, including how in the groove Sanchez is the man to fire Arsenal to the title

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