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An Arsenal/Tottenham XI Based On This Season’s Stats

FILE PHOTO - (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 609115656 and 602278616) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (L) and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur meet in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on November 6, 2016 in London. ***LEFT IMAGE*** NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on September 20, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Britannia Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Arsenal take on Tottenham this weekend in a north London derby made all the more intriguing by the narrative before it.

Arsenal, unbeaten since the opening day and looking to mount their first sustained title challenge in over a decade, take on a Spurs side who remain without defeat in the Premier League but whose form has seriously started to wobble lately.

The Spurs manager is yet to taste in this fixture in the league (one win, three draws), and knows that maintaining that record is vital to the side’s Premier League hopes.

Should Arsene Wenger’s side get the victory, it could leave Tottenham playing catch-up on their rivals which even at this early stage of the season is a problem – doubly so if Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City also win their respective games this weekend.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s early season form cannot be forgotten, especially their brilliant 2-0 win against Man City in October, and as such several of their players retain the highest stats in the league this season for their respective positions.

An Arsenal/Tottenham XI, therefore, between two teams near the top of the league, is always going to leave some high-profile names out.

(Data obtained from prominent statistics website Whoscored.com)

 

Goalkeeper:

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 6.9 (Next in Line: Petr Cech – 6.8)

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Defenders:

Right-Back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur takes the ball forward during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on October 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.35  (Next in Line: Héctor Bellerín – 7.09)

Centre-Back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

SOFIA, BULGARIA - NOVEMBER 01: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League match between PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and Arsenal FC at Vasil Levski National Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.46  (Next in Line: Toby Alderweireld – 7.05)

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal and Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.64  (Next in Line: Jan Vertonghen – 7.33)

Left-Back: Danny Rose (Tottenham)

(L-R) Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Julian Baumgartlinger of Bayer 04 Leverkusenduring the Champions League group E match between Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur on October 18, 2016 at the Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.52  (Next in Line: Nacho Monreal 7.18)

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Midfielders:

Centre-Midfield: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur (L) is put under pressure from Steven Pienaar of Sunderland (R) during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.23  (Next in Line: Santi Cazorla – 7.04)

Centre-Midfield: Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Francis Coquelin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at Stadium of Light on October 29, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.12  (Next in Line: Mousa Dembélé – 7.05)

Attacking Midfield/Number Ten: Mesut Özil

Arsenals German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between PFC Ludogorets and Arsenal, on November 1, 2016 at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. / AFP / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.38  (Next in Line: Dele Alli – 7.05)

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Forwards:

Right Wing: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Theo Walcott of Arsenal and Gaston Ramirez of Middlesbrough compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.63  (Next in Line: Christian Eriksen – 7.1)

Left Wing: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur shoots during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.7  (Next in Line: Alex Iwobi – 6.75)

Striker: Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal runs with the ball under pressure from Marek Suchy of Basel during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and FC Basel 1893 at the Emirates Stadium on September 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Whoscored Rating: 7.9  (Next in Line: Harry Kane – 7.13)

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Author: The PA Team

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