Derby day ahoy! From the days of Arsenal battling for league titles while Spurs contented themselves in the middle of the table, the fortunes of both sides have rather levelled out in recent years, and this instalment of the epic contest looks likely to have a big impact on the race for a top four spot and a place in the money-spinning Champions League.
So, who would make a combined XI for the two sides?
We’ve had a look, and this is what we at FFC Towers have come up with in an ‘old school’ 4-4-2 formation… agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below!
With Wojciech Szczesny smoking in the shower block, we’ve given Lloris the nod in this XI. All joking aside, the Frenchman is certainly the better of the two goalkeepers, with his reflexes, agility and ability to play the ‘sweeper ‘keeper’ role effectively all major weapons in his, and any team he plays for, armoury.
Lloris himself has been in England over two years now and has been on the end of some drubbings in big games, but the victory over Chelsea – in which he impressed – hints that things may just be changing…
Right-back is an area neither north London side is particularly strong in this season, making Debuchy as the stand out candidate for this combined team.
The Frenchman has missed large chunks of this season with injury and has even been fielded at centre-back, but on his day he’s an adept full-back when it comes to getting up and down the touchline, even if he can be a little rash in his own third.
Last season was one to forget for the Belgian, who seemed to be disillusioned with life at ‘The Lane’ but since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival; he has moved back towards the form that earned him a spot in the team of the season during his debut Premier League campaign.
Vertonghen has developed a reputation for his classy playing style and mobility, making him a player most top sides would love to have in their backline.
Alongside Vertonghen we’ve gone for a very continental feel to our backline, with Koscielny. The Frenchman was sorely missed by the Gunners during his injury absence earlier this season, reflecting the change in fortune he’s had since a tricky opening to his Gunners career back in 2010.
Good on the ball and solid defensively, ‘Kos’ is firmly a fans’ favourite at the Emirates.
Like right-back, left-back is an issue for both Arsenal and Spurs. Danny Rose seems to be holding down the role for the Lilywhites, but, when fit and firing, Gibbs is, in our opinion, the better option. Ferociously quick and decent when supporting the attack, Gibbs is useful cog in the Arsenal XI.
An absolute shoe-in for this XI, and probably any other team for that matter, Sanchez has been spectacular since his £30m+ move to Arsenal over the summer. The Chilean is, perhaps, most useful just behind a main striker, but in this 4-4-2 set-up we’ve dropped him on the right flank, where his pace and eye for goal will still be useful.
Another Arsenal player currently battling injury is Ramsey, whose career has been a constant struggle against knocks and strains. It’s brilliant to see that he’s fought back from a horror leg-break that once threated his career before it had truly started, and the Welshman is really justifying the fuss he earned in his teenage days as a youngster at Cardiff.
The man who makes things happen for Spurs this season has been Christian Eriksen. The Dane’s goals alone have won Tottenham 15 points, with his composure in the final minutes of games – whether that be from open play of free-kicks – deadly for Pochettino’s men.
He may only have one assist, but Eriksen’s 84% pass accuracy is also impressive.
Very much the darling of Arsenal’s team at the moment, Cazorla takes up the left wing role for us.
The Spaniard has been lethal in 2015, with his performance at the Etihad Stadium among the best any player has produced in the league this term. He has also shown great composure from the spot, stepping up on numerous occasions to help Arsenal turn their fortunes around.
From being fringe player featuring in the Europa League against opposition from all corners of the continent to a staggering showing in a memorable home win over league leaders Chelsea… it’s been a massive season for Kane.
The former Arsenal man, although we’ll ignore that for now, is a hero at White Hart Lane right now, where fans of all ages cry his name from the stands.
Not always the most coveted of forwards, Giroud deserves a little more praise than he gets. Seven goals in 12 Premier League outings this season show that he has the deadly edge in the box, while a 50% accuracy rating is by no means poor considering he averages more than two efforts on goal per game.