Tottenham v Arsenal Combined XI: Why Harry Kane Misses Out And Alexandre Lacazette Makes The Cut For Wembley Showdown
A huge North London derby coming up at Wembley Stadium on Saturday lunchtime as Tottenham look to get back on track after suffering successive defeats that all but ended their Premier League title hopes in the past week and they are nervously looking over their shoulders as Arsenal are just four points behind in the latest standings.
It is Tottenham who start favourites for this crunch clash with their local rivals and we have taken a look at the respective teams to pick our combined XI ahead of derby weekend...
Well, this is like choosing between watching Donald Trump and Boris Johnson - both are hideous to watch but you can't help but carry on looking because you know a comical error is coming. Tottenham's Hugo Lloris just gets the nod despite a disappointing campaign that has seen him commit numerous errors and his poor communication skills were evident again when Kieran Trippier put into his own net during the 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Wednesday.
The competition was Bernd Leno, who is taking a while to adapt to English football, and the retiring Petr Cech. Bring back David Seaman.
Kieran Trippier has been the first choice right back for Tottenham despite his woeful form since the World Cup last summer. Serge Aurier would have surely played more games if it wasn't for injury and he gets in our team.
The Arsenal defence is an embarrassment but Laurent Koscielny remains probably their best option. To be honest, there's so little quality to choose from that he could have no knees and he would still be in. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld complete our back four.
With Dele Alli out injured and the rest of the Tottenham midfield hardly inspiring confidence in recent weeks, we have gone for an Arsenal trio in the middle of the park. The combative Lucas Torreira has claims to be one of the signings of the season and the tenacious Mateo Guendouzi continues to play with a maturity beyond his tender years of 19. Aaron Ramsey completes our triumvirate, despite his imminent departure to Juventus this summer.
Heung-min Son has genuine claims for the PFA Player Of The Year award after making up for the absence of Harry Kane in recent months. The return of Kane from injury has coincided with Tottenham losing successive league games. He has much to prove on Saturday and he does enjoy playing Arsenal having scored eight goals in his last eight league appearances against them.
On current form and fitness, Kane just misses out as he continues to feel his way back and instead we have gone for the in-form Arsenal pairing of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who has scored 16 goals in 27 games and notched a goal every 131 minutes in the league this season, and Alexandre Lacazette, who has notched six goals in his last eight appearances in the top-flight.