COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen and Santi Cazorla would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best Tottenham and Arsenal players.
Spurs travel to the Emirates on Sunday for the Premier League clash and the two teams are in contrasting form.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are without a win in their last six games across all competitions, while north London rivals Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 matches.
Arsenal engine Cazorla could be considered unfortunate to miss out on the team due to his vast Premier League experience, but Spurs’ holding midfielder Victor Wanyama would provide balance to the side.
Spurs duo Lamela and Vertonghen would also miss out despite being regular first-team players, with Gunners pairing Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny edging them.
Hugo Lloris would just be preferred to Premier League veteran Petr Cech despite the pair being two of the best goalkeepers in the league, alongside Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Lloris, 29, is currently France’s number one goalkeeper and is a crucial reason in why Spurs currently have the best defensive record in the division.
Toby Alderweireld and Koscielny would be the best partners at centre-back, with the duo both demonstrating their physical ability in defence.
Danny Rose and Hector Bellerin would be an exciting prospect as full-backs and offer phenomenal pace on the wings.
Wanyama and Welshman Aaron Ramsey edge out a host of talented midfielder including Cazorla, Mousa Dembele, Francis Coquelin and Eric Dier.
This attack minded side would need the cover and defensive brain of Wanyama, who has looked impressive in his first 14 appearances for Spurs since moving in the summer from Southampton.
Mesut Ozil, Dele Alli and Sanchez had to be included in the combined XI and provide both goals and creativity in attack. The trio could work using interchangeable roles and would prove a nightmare for opposition defences, with the stars contributing 18 goals between them already this season across all competitions.
England international Harry Kane would be the best option to spearhead the attack and could make a return from injury for the north London clash on Sunday.
The 23-year-old been sidelined for Spurs’ last 10 games after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September, but when fit has proven to be one of the Premier League’s best goal scorers, winning the golden boot last with his tally of 25 goals.
In other Tottenham news, Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for the club’s match against Arsenal.