Arsenal vs Spurs: Combined 11 ahead of the derby

Written by Edward Pitt

December 3, 2020

Goalkeeper – Leno

You can’t really go wrong with either Leno or Lloris here. North London boasts 2 of the league’s best goalkeepers. Particularly in terms of shot-stopping ability, these guys have provided some unbelievable saves in the last couple of seasons. I will give Leno the edge because if you ask me, for every worldie-save Lloris makes, he’ll also have a horrendous blunder.

Right Back – Doherty

This was a difficult one. I don’t think either side are blessed with the best right-backs. Aurier and Bellerin are both brilliant at times going forward, but can be caught napping defensively. Doherty has had a somewhat slow start, thanks in part to injury, this season. However, based on the last couple of seasons Doherty has been one of the best full-backs in the league.

Centre Backs – Gabriel and Toby Alderweireld

This was fairly simple. Arsenal and Spurs both have one top class defender, who gets partnered next to a more average one. The Belgian has been fantastic in his years in the Premier League, and after a couple years of turmoil due to an undecided future, he now looks back to his best. Meanwhile, since coming to the Premier League, Gabriel has been excellent for Arsenal. What few points we do have, without Gabriel we would have even less. He is very comfortable on the ball, composed and disciplined in defense and even an aerial threat going forwards.

Left Back – Kieran Tierney

Again, you can’t really go wrong here. Tierney and Reguilon are both excellent full-backs, and arguably the league’s best behind Robertson. However, for me Tierney is a slightly better defender and more of a leader on the pitch.

Midfield Three – Partey, Hojberg and Ndombele

I think it’s fair to say nobody is complaining at Xhaka, Ceballos and Sissoko missing out. Hojberg is as hard as nails and very comfortable on the ball as well. He is everything that Xhaka is with a bit more mobility. Partey has proven in Spain, the Champions League and now England that he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. I was tempted to get Ceballos in there instead of Ndombele and based on last season I would have done. However, since lockdown Ndombele has looked fantastic and really pulls the strings for Spurs. Meanwhile, Ceballos looks like a shadow of his former self. 

Centre Forward – Harry Kane

In terms of that traditional centre-forward role that we have seen someone like Luis Suarez do so well for example at Barcelona, Kane is perhaps the best in the world. We have always known of his ability to score goals, but this season he has been operating in a new role. His ability to drop deep and find Son over the top has shown a completely new side to him this season. 

Wide Forwards – Heung Min Son and Aubameyang

Heung Min Son is simply world class. His ability to beat a man or score a huge variety of goals with either foot is simply sublime. Sure, we see Nicolas Pepe do this in glimpses and very erratically, but Son seems to do it every week which is what sets him apart.

And, while I still believe Auba is best down the middle, playing as a wide forward with Kane in the slightly deeper role, would allow Auba to operate diagonally, moving from deep wide positions to high-up, central positions where he is most deadly. 

Manager – Mourinho

Arteta has potential, but Mourinho is one of the world’s best coaches. Potentially one of the best ever. 

Photo: Chensiyuan



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