The North London Derby takes place on Sunday with Arsenal top of the Premier League and Tottenham in the hunt for a top-four spot – but who would make it into a combined XI of each team?

Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane battle for the ball
Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane battle for the ball (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tottenham host Arsenal this weekend in what could be a pivotal week for the Premier League. The Gunners currently sit top of the table, five points clear of Manchester City – who themselves have a derby clash against rivals Manchester United.

If results go the right way for Mikel Arteta’s side, their lead at the top will extend to eight points. If not, Pep Guardiola’s team will be hot on their tails with only two points separating them.

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Tottenham, meanwhile, are three points off the top four having played a game more than Manchester United. Antonio Conte’s side have not had an ideal restart to the Premier League after the end of the World Cup, drawing against Brentford before a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at home. However, they were back on form with a 4-0 win against London rivals Crystal Palace last time out.

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This game kicks off a tough run of fixtures for both sides that could define their seasons. And ahead of the huge clash between the top teams in the capital, we at football.london decided to ask: who makes it into a combined XI between the Gunners and Spurs?

Alasdair Gold, Tottenham correspondent

This was a tough one because Arsenal are clearly flying high and playing great football so on form they deserve to have far more players in this combined North London Derby starting XI.

However, I wanted to pick a team that either has impressed in these derbies at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before or has the experience to deal with them.

That’s why I’ve gone with World Cup winner Hugo Lloris over Aaron Ramsdale behind a blended back four. In midfield I’ve had to bring back Dejan Kulusevski into a deeper role because I wanted to fit both the Swede and Bukayo Saka into the team and didn’t want to go with wing-backs.

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