Nov 15

Who would make it into your Arsenal/Spurs combined starting XI?

‘Spurs are closing the gap on Arsenal’. ‘The Spurs squad is stronger and more in depth than Arsenal’s’. ‘Their confidence is high and they’ll finish above Arsenal‘.

Is it the same old talk we’ve heard all before? Or do the Arsenal critics have a genuine point?

It’s worth reminding the pessimists that despite Arsenal’s seven year trophy drought, the Gunners are still historically superior than Andre Villas-Boas’ side. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Tottenham haven’t won the league for almost 53 years.
  • They have had 13 managers in the last 15 years – Arsenal have had one.
  • The last major trophy Spurs won was in 1991.
  • Tottenham are currently playing in the Europa League, Europe’s second-rate competition. Arsenal are in their 15th straight season of Champions League football.


One way of finding out whether Tottenham’s squad is significantly stronger than Arsenal’s is by seeing how many players would get into the current Gunners’ starting XI.

Ahead of Saturday’s north London derby, we’d like to find out who you would put in your Arsenal and Spurs combined line-up.

Gooner Talk’s Arsenal & Spurs combined XI (based on recent form):

Friedel (Spurs), Sagna, Mertesacker, Vertonghen (Spurs), Gibbs, Wilshere, Sandro (Spurs), Cazorla, Bale (Spurs), Walcott, Giroud.

How many Spurs players, if any at all, would get into your starting XI? Leave your team selections in the comments section below. The highest-rated comments will be published on our social networking feeds!

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26 Responses to “Who would make it into your Arsenal/Spurs combined starting XI?”

  1. COYS says:

    Friedel
    Sagna Kaboul Vermaelen Vertonghen
    Wilshire Sandro
    Walcott Carzola Bale
    Ade

    Bench:
    Giroud
    Arteta
    Lloris
    Caulker
    Lennon
    Dembele
    Gibbs

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  2. Paul says:

    Giroud instead of Defoe or Ade…lol. Mertcrapper instead of Kaboul?…lol. Gibbs instead of Dembele?…lol

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  3. JMSPUR says:

    i generally agree with your team although i would have Caulker at CB & move Vertonghen to LB. Caulker has been playing really well considering how erratic Gallas has been and since Vert has been playing LB i personally think he has been alot better than gibbs. and theres no way Giroud would be in the team. defoe, Podolski, Ade anyone of them over him. im not saying hes been playing badly i just cant deal with the fact Giroud could be the best striker North London has to offer given the great attacking history of both clubs.

    and seeing as you say your picking teams on form, wilshere has played 2/3 games and got sent off in one of them. i appreciate how mercurial a talent he is but you cant say youre picking on form and then pick someone whos hardly played. having said that though i cant think of too many other CMs on either team that have been setting the world alight (dembele was awesome for the first 6/7 games but has been injured since)

    ow and apologies for not including any childish slagging off in my post….must try harder next time!

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  4. chris says:

    Somebody must be crazy to leave arteta and the mert on the bench. In all arsenal still and will always have a better team. Just a couple of consistent performances and results will prove that no other club in the EPL has a better squad than arsenal except Man city

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  5. James says:

    No Spurs players would make it into my XI, because they’re Spurs players.

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  6. Don says:

    Friedel

    Sagna Gallas Mert Vertonghen

    Wilshire Cazorla Dembele Bale

    Defore Walcott

    Picking players on form not reputation,Arteta TV Kos have been poor recently and Gibbs injured

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  7. Hasibullah says:

    ………….Lloris
    Sagna-Martesakar-Varmealen-Vertonghen
    …….Wilshire-Arteta-Sandro
    ………Walcott-Defoe-Bale

    Subs:
    Friedel
    Dempsey
    Cazorla
    Giroud
    Walker

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  8. Clark says:

    Gk Lloris
    Rb Walker
    Cb Kabul
    Cb Vermaelen
    Lb Vertongen
    Rm Walcott
    Cm Dembele
    Cm Carzola
    Lm Bale
    St Defoe
    St Adebayor

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  9. Bianco says:

    Friedel

    Sagna Verm Caulker Vert

    Sandro
    Wilshire Dembele

    Carzola Bale

    Ade

    However if Kaboul was fit and Walker was playing like last season, Sagna and Verm would be out. Also if BAE was fit he would go to left back and Super Jan would replace Caulker. Carzola is on the right as he needs to be in this squad and I dont rate Lennon or Walcott that much.

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  10. Michael says:

    Forever in our shadow

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  11. Borris the spur says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!! – Mertesacker ahead of any of our CB’s? – MUGS.

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  12. Cradders says:

    Friedel is the only one I would have in my Arsenal team, no one else

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  13. King Nothing says:

    lloris

    sagna – vermaelen – vertonghen – ekotto

    parker – wilshere

    chamberlain – cazorla – bale

    adebayor

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  14. Theo says:

    Friedel
    Sagna Koscielny Vertonghen
    Wilshere Coquelin Dembele
    Cazorla Bale
    Walcott Giroud

    Szczesny, OC, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Defoe, Walker, Lennon

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  15. Izuchukwu Okosi says:

    GK- Freidel
    RB-Sagna
    LB-Vertonghen
    CB-Mertesacker
    CB-Caulker
    DM-Sandro
    DM-Arteta
    CAM-Cazorla
    RCM-Walcott
    LCM-Bale
    STR-Defoe

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  16. sammy says:

    friedel
    Sagna Mertsacker Vengten Giibs
    wishere arteta
    walcott bale
    carlozla
    defoe

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  17. don west says:

    …………..frideil…………..

    Sagna…metr…kab..vert

    ……sandro…wilshere…..

    …Walc…carzola….bale…

    ……………giroud……………..

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  18. Livinus says:

    I hv prefere fridel, sagna metersaccer vertohen n culuker. Dembel santi n wilshare. Bale grioud n walcot

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  19. Livinus says:

    Only vertehem n bale cn come into my first team combination, others should comeup from bench if possible

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  20. Don says:

    @Cradders:

    Who is better than Bale?Walcott

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  21. Tom says:

    Gk:Lloris
    Rb:walker
    Cb:kaboul
    Cb:caulker
    Lb:vertonghen
    Dm:Sandro
    Dm:dembele
    Lam:bale
    Ram:Lennon
    St:jermmmmmmmaaainnnneee

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  22. andy says:

    Gk: lloris
    Rb: sagna
    Cb: Kaboul
    Cb: Vertonghen
    Lb: Assou ekkotto
    CDM: Sandro
    Cm: dembele
    Cm: Wilshere
    Rw: Cazorla
    St: Adebayor
    Lw: bale
    Bench
    Sczezny
    Vermaelen
    Caulker
    Arteta
    Walcott
    Defoe
    Giroud

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  23. Blowdy says:

    Friedel
    Sagna Bosscielny Verminator assou-ekotto
    Dembele Jacky
    SantiCoz
    Walcott Bale
    Defoe

    Subs
    Giroud
    Ade
    Dempsey
    Parker
    Walker
    Gervinho
    Lloris

    This team could contend for BPL and CL

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  24. Blowdy says:

    Forgot about Poldi. He for sure makes the bench over one of the spuds.

    He kinda gets the short end of the stick when the freak of nature aka Gareth bale is involved.

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  25. lloyd says:

    Lloris
    Sagna-Mets-Verminator-vartonghen

    Wilshere-Arteta
    Walcott- Dembele- Santi
    Podolski

    bench:
    shezzy
    kos
    ox
    bale
    lennon
    sandro
    walker

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  26. Arsenalist says:

    jesus christ is this the retarded arsenal fan forum or are you guys taking the piss..

    the only spurs player who could make it into are starting 11 is bale and arguably Kaboul.

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