Arsenal and Tottenham statistically strongest combined XI

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Arsenal will welcome neighbours and bitter rivals Tottenham to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a much-anticipated North London derby.

Arsene Wenger's side went into the weekend joint-top of the table, whereas Spurs, despite remaining unbeaten in the league, have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions.

Ahead of the big clash, let's take a look at a combined XI constructed from the two teams based on key player statistics (provided by Oulala) from their first ten games of the 2016-17 Premier League season.


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The injured Toby Alderweireld and Danny Welbeck miss out, as do potential absentees like Harry Kane, but who is included in North London's statistically strongest line-up?

GK - Hugo Lloris

Both sides are blessed with world-class goalkeepers in Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris, but it's the latter who takes the gloves on this occasion.

The 29-year-old has kept as many league clean sheets (four) as Cech, but in two fewer games, and has conceded just four goals compared to Cech's ten.

The Tottenham and France skipper averages 4.3 saves per game (Cech averages 2.6) and is also successful with 76% of his passes to the outfield players, while Arsenal's number one's rate in that regard is 61%.

RB - Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker and Hector Bellerin are the two best right-backs in English football at the moment, and Spurs' star man edges Arsenal's 21-year-old Spaniard in a number of key areas.

Bellerin has completed more take-ons, however Walker has won more tackles, has a superior tackle success rate and has averaged more chances created going forward than Bellerin.

CB - Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny has developed into an absolute rock for Arsenal over the past few years and it'll come as little surprise to many to see him included in this team.

The 31-year-old stalwart has marginally averaged more successful tackles per game than Jan Vertonghen (0.9 to 0.7), at a better success rate (62% to 44%), and he's also made more interceptions and won more aerial duels.

CB - Shkodran Mustafi

Koscielny's new central defensive partner Shkodran Mustafi also partners him in this line-up after a fine start to life in English football.

The German World Cup winner has won 2.1 tackles per game with a 63% average success rate and, in comparison to the versatile Eric Dier, has produced more interceptions and won more aerial duels.

LB - Danny Rose

Nacho Monreal has firmly established himself as Wenger's first-choice left-back, and while both he and Danny Rose have created 0.3 chances per game, the Spurs man gets into this team.

Rose has made more tackles per game than Monreal, 2.8 compared to 1.7, and going forward, the 26-year-old has won 1.2 of his take-ons each game on average, three times the amount of Monreal.

DM - Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama takes the defensive midfield position ahead of Francis Coquelin, having dominated the Arsenal man in virtually every key area.

The Kenyan makes 47 successful passes per game, Coquelin averages 44, and the Spurs summer signing has also averaged over twice as many key passes, more tackles, and completed more take-ons.

CM - Moussa Dembele

Midfield powerhouse Moussa Dembele takes the second central midfield role, producing marginally superior stats to Santi Cazorla in terms of successful passes completed (62 per game to 53) and passing accuracy (94% to 91%).

The Belgian also beats the classy Spaniard when it comes to number of key passes per game, number of tackles won and completed take-ons.

RM - Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has been in good form for Arsenal this season and his output has been just as impressive, scoring five goals and providing two assists compared to Erik Lamela's one goal and one assist.

The English winger has also beat his man more often (2.2 successful take ons per game to 1.7 for Lamela) and his 81% passing accuracy is a single percentage higher than Spurs' talented Argentinian.

No. 10 - Mesut Ozil

Only one man was ever going to play in the number ten role in this XI, and it's of course Mesut Ozil, one of the most technically gifted playmakers in world football.

Surprisingly, the 28-year-old German only has one league assist to his name thus far, but Dele Alli has none and they've both scored three goals.  However, Ozil creates more chances per game and has a slightly better shot accuracy (55% to 53%).

LM - Christian Eriksen

Alexi Iwobi has arguably the best young player in the Premier League this season and he can certainly count himself unlucky not to be in this line-up, because his stats compared to Christian Eriksen are incredibly close.

Both players are yet to score in the league this term and have both registered three assists each, but the Danish maestro has averaged more chances created and boasts a significantly better shot accuracy (58% to Iwobi's 17%).

ST - Alexis

Tottenham have been struggling to find a main centre-forward since Harry Kane got injured, but contrastingly Alexis Sanchez has been in outstanding form and he completes this XI in a central role.

The hard-working Chilean has scored six league goals, more than any Tottenham player, and provided three assists - which beats Heung Min Son's tally of two.

Sticking with Son, and Sanchez beats the South Korean both in terms of getting past his man (2.9 successful take-ons per game to 2.4) and shot accuracy (64% to 53%).

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