Picking a Combined XI of Tottenham and Arsenal Players Ahead of Saturday's Clash at Wembley

Tottenham and Arsenal go head to head in a battle of north London at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. 


The lunchtime kick-off will provide fans with excitement, nerves, and potential happiness for one set of supporters. 


The two teams never fail to provide fans with memorable clashes, and as we edge towards Saturday's match, here is a hypothetical combined XI.

1. Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris edges Petr Cech as the number one, due to his excellent fingertip saves and quick reactions.


Lloris, also Tottenham's captain, has made 194 appearances over five and a half seasons, with 69 clean sheets. 


Lloris will be hoping to pick up his 70th against arch rivals Arsenal. 

2. Héctor Bellerín

Héctor Bellerín is a strong attacking right-back and one of the fastest defenders in the Premier League. He is able to play at right-back as well as in a wing-back role. 


In the 2016/17 season he assisted four goals and scored one, establishing himself as a first team regular for Arsenal. 


He uses his blistering pace when playing in a wing-back role, giving him the chance to run at opposing defenders and find team-mates in the box. 

3. Toby Alderweireld

After joining Tottenham back in 2015 from Atletico Madrid, Alderweireld has gone from strength to strength, but has only just come back from a long period out due to injury. 


Tottenham previously had a nervy defence but in his pairing alongside fellow Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, Alderweireld has provided Spurs with reliability and character at the back. 


Alderweireld has been linked with a move away from Spurs but the Tottenham faithful are hoping he will sign a new contract this summer. 

4. Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny joined Arsenal in 2010 and after nearly eight years at the club he was given the role of the captain in September 2016. 


He scored a beautiful overhead kick against Southampton and is Arsenal's most important defender.


The France international is a player every club would want.  

5. Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is probably in the form of his life right now and despite having missed defensive partner Alderweireld for a large chunk of the season, he has adapted well alongside Davinson Sanchez. 


Vertonghen is often the start of Tottenham's attacks, breaking up play and pushing the ball further up the field, and is always anticipating the movement of his opponents. 


The 30-year-old is quick to jump in to cleanly deny goalscoring opportunities.

6. Nacho Monreal

In the latter stages of the 2016/17 season, Arsene Wenger began playing a back three system which helped Nacho Monreal transition from an occasional centre-back to an attacking left-sided defender. 


The Spaniard has already scored four Premier League goals this season and will be looking to net again on Saturday.

7. Eric Dier

When Eric Died joined Tottenham, he classed himself as a centre-back, however in his first season with Spurs he was positioned occasionally at right-back.


He was then trialled in a defensive midfielder role that saw him strike up a partnership with Mousa Dembele.


Dier's passing ability sets him apart from the rest. He is incredibly accurate in pressuring situations and has shown a calming attitude and ability to dribble forward into the final third. 

8. Mesut Ozil

A midfield maestro with a sublime first touch. 


To some, Mesut Ozil is a lazy player, but that could be mistaken for casualness, a bit like Dimitar Berbatov. He glides across the pitch looking sometimes uninterested but in doing so ends up creating a goal through magic. 


As a central attacking playmaker, he is one of Arsenal's most talented individuals but also a selfless player who makes decoy runs to allow others to shoot at goal. 

9. Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is an all round player in Tottenham's midfield. He is a beautifully balanced two-footed playmaker who has the creative license to change a game within seconds. 


He made the difference against Manchester United last week, scoring after just 10.5 seconds. 


He isn't the fastest player in the team, nor the most heavily built, but he is aware of space and is able to see a goal before it has even been scored. 

10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan made history in his home debut for Arsenal, assisting three out of the five goals in their 5-1 victory against Everton. 


Mkhitaryan, who joined Arsenal in the January transfer window, has already shown his ability in front of goal and awareness for his new teammates around him. 


He has great intelligence for the game and is able to read goalscoring situations well. 

11. Harry Kane

After reaching 100 Premier League goals, there is no better striker to lead the line in any team right now than Harry Kane.


The England international is an all round centre forward who is incredibly clinical and always looking to get on the end of a pass. 


His passing range allows his team-mates to get themselves in better positions. His eye for goal will make Saturday's clash exciting for the home fans. 


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