With the North London derby now hours away, the question on everyone’s lips is, if there was only one team in North London, what would that side look like? Well we are going to compare both sides starting elevens and see who makes the cut.
If you were to judge this as a career, then Cech, closing in on his 200th Premier League clean sheet, would probably shade it. That said, Lloris was actually Wenger’s first choice only for the move to be blocked. He ended up at Tottenham and has turned into one of the World’s bester sweeper keepers, with his speed off the line and distribution giving him the edge over Cech, who although still a fine keeper, is declining season by season from his once lofty standards.
After a shaky start to the season, possibly due to be shifted from left wing back to right wing back, since Arsenal recently moved back to a back 4, Bellerin has started to demonstrate the ability that made him one of the best right backs in the league. His electric pace always allows him to recover from his sometimes questionable positioning. Trippier has more than filled in for the departed Walker, but with Spurs placing such emphasis on wide areas, his end product should yield more successes.
Only long-term injury is stopping Alderweireld from making this line-up. However, his international team mate has Vertongen has held his own as one of the finest centre backs in the league. If Spurs have had any issues in defence it is because he misses his international teammate as opposed to any drop in his performance,
Although it is apparent to anyone who watches Arsenal play on a regular basis is that their problems are at the back, they will know that those issue would be horrifically worse if they didn’t boast one of the finest centre backs in the league in Koscienly. Despite struggling with a chronic achilles injury, he still possesses the pace and tenacity that helps keep the Arsenal back line from totally imploding.
The ostracised Rose may have been a contender for this position, and although Davies has filled in well for the Englishman, goal machine Monreal takes his spot. The Spaniard is an assured presence at the back, and much better suited to play in his preferred full back role as opposed to be shore horned in as a third centre back. His attacking play has been highlighted recently during a purple patch, but it is sensible play helping the defence that often goes unappreciated.
The victory over Liverpool really highlighted how, on his day, Dembele can be a dominant midfield general. Strong, skilful and combative the Belgium, when on song, can really bully opposition. Although he doesn’t score as much as during Fulham, his ability to carry the ball forward with power and pace can draw players to him, creating space for others.
Fresh after signing his new bumper contract, Ozil is now the technical leader of the club. The assist king is pretty much unmatched in world football, with no other player able to match his creative output. With a shiny new speed merchant up front to provide for, you can only assume the assist king will keep on assisting.
Although not as proficient in his output as Arsenal’s number 11, the Dane has really stepped up his game this season. It may be the bigger pitch at Wembley, but Eriksen has been scoring more and creating more this season. His goals have also helped his home country make it on the place to Russia and he will be hoping to help his club to the Champions League
Despite starting as an Arsenal school boy, he has well and truly become a Tottenham legend, Still only 24 years old, he has already managed to notch 100 Premier League goals and scored a phenomenal 130 goals in 197 games, and the suggestion is he will only get better and better.
Despite having only played one Premier League game, Arsenal’s new record signing must surely merit a place. He may only have one league goal, but this is the striker who scored 23 goals in 29 games at Dortmund last season. His electric space, ice cold composure in front of goal and his understanding with former team mate Mkitaryan is already evident.
Probably the unsung hero at Tottenham, Son has continually contributed with goals and assists. The South Korean has already amassed 12 goals and 4 assists this season already, to add to his selfless work rate, and intelligent movement and link-up play.
It says a lot about the differing styles and philosophies of the two sides that Arsenal, evidently weaker at the back seem to have better players in those positions and Tottenham, not as exciting going forward, have better attacking players.