If only reality didn’t get in the way, or for that matter, the pride of football fans. But luckily, we can imagine and talk hypothetically. Which is good, as it gives us the opportunity to consider what would happen if the the two Premier League clubs who reside in North London joined forces to make a super-team full of superstars, that could arguably rival any top-flight opposition.

So, in the build-up to this weekend’s North London derby, we have compiled a select XI, a mixture of the best of Arsenal and the best of Tottenham. You may call it North London FC, Arsenal Hotspur or Tottenham Gunners, but we’ve gone with the simple yet effective Arsenal and Tottenham combined XI.

Click on Gareth Bale and Santi Cazorla to see who made the grade into the ultimate North London combined XI

Gareth Bale and Santi Cazorla