German playmaker misses out on a starting spot ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated clash at White Hart Lane
TOTTENHAM are set to make history this weekend when they take on Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs have famously never finished above the Gunners since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996… with fans even creating an annual holiday about it – St Totteringham Day.
However, this weekend, Mauricio Pochettino can officially lead his side to a season-ending spot above their fierce rivals in the Premier League charts.
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But what if the two clubs were to join forces?
Check out who would make our combined XI – complete with trendy 3-4-3 formation, below…
BOTH clubs can boast a talented, experience Premier League stopper between the sticks, so this was always going to be tricky.
However, it would be hard to deny that Lloris is very much in the running for the best goalkeeper in the world.
On top of that, the Frenchman is in his prime, while Cech has perhaps already enjoyed his finest years.
Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Koscielny & Jan Vertonghen
ARSENAL and Tottenham have both followed in Chelsea’s footsteps and adopted a central, back-three.
Alderweireld gets the not alongside Koscielny and Vertonghen in the trio.
Those three are some of the finest defenders in the top flight and would be nigh-on unstoppable if they were to join forces.
Hector Bellerin & Danny Rose
ARGUABLY the greatest strength of the 3-4-3 formation is the wing-back… as proven by the Blues as Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso switched from role players to world-beaters.
Tottenham have a top-drawer duo themselves, with Kyle Walker and Rose on the wings.
However, Arsenal’s Bellerin has the potential to truly shine in a more advanced role and could arguably be an even better starter than Walker.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another who can feel slightly hard done-by to miss out on a spot on the wing.
Christian Eriksen & Dele Alli
MESUT OZIL, Aaron Ramsey, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are four of the best midfielders in their role in the Premier League.
But it would be impossible to stick either in the XI ahead of on-fire duo Eriksen and Alli.
The Spurs pair are arguably the most fearsome midfield twosome in the world at present and easily stroll into the North London combined XI.
Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez & Theo Walcott
KANE is not only the best English forward right now, he is also always a thorn in the side of the Gunners.
He easily gets the nod in our XI, and is joined by superstar Alexis Sanchez who has also enjoyed a terrific – albeit controversial – season.
Meanwhile Walcott is a somewhat left-field selection, stuck in the line-up to add a different dimension to the North London strikeforce with his direct running.
While he can be hit-and-miss, on his day there’s no doubting the Englishman is a terrifying prospect for opposition defenders.