No Wanyama or Koscielny: Tottenham and Arsenal best combined XI
By Dominic Toner
Victor Wanyama and Laurent Koscielny would be among the casualties of a best XI comprised of the best Tottenham and Arsenal players.
The two north London rivals meet on Sunday in the Premier League and both sides will be desperate for maximum points.
Spurs are four points adrift of league leader Chelsea and are fighting for the title.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are trying to get into the top-four positions and keep up Arsene Wenger’s record of Champions League qualification.
Here, Football Insider chooses the best possible XI made up of both Spurs and Arsenal stars.
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Hugo Lloris gets the nod as the goalkeeper over Petr Cech, who is reaching the twilight stages of his career.
Meanwhile, it would be an all Spurs backline as they have become renowned as the most solid in the division.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are picked ahead of the inconsistent pairing of Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal.
Belgian pairing Toby Alderweirled and Jan Vertonghen would be the best centre-backs, ahead of the likes of Eric Dier, Shhkodran Mustafi and Koscielny.
The combined XI has an attacking edge to it, meaning their is only one vacant role for a defensive-minded midfielder.
Mousa Dembele is the best candidate due to his technical ability and strength, edging out Wanyama, Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka for the position.
Playmaker Christian Eriksen and Mesut Ozil would make a mean pair either side of Dembele.
That leaves a frontline of Dele Alli, Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane, who have all been in sensational form in front of goal this season.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s loan star was named player of the season.