Former Gunner gives his combined North London derby starting eleven

Arsenal faces Tottenham in their next Premier League game this weekend as Mikel Arteta’s side continues to impress in the competition this season.

The Gunners have a five-point lead at the top of the standings and know it could be reduced to two if they lose and Manchester City wins.

This makes the game against Spurs arguably the most important NLD in recent seasons and the Gunners know they must earn all the points available.

Former Arsenal man Mikael Silvestre has now named his combined starting XI for the game and it sees the Gunners dominate.

Silvestre named only Harry Kane and Cristian Romero in his collaborative team, with the other positions taken up by Arsenal stars.

This is the eleven that Silvestre went with as reported by the Sun.

Kane, Martinelli, Saka, Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka, Zinchenko, Romero, Gabriel, White, Ramsdale.

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We have been the better of both clubs in this campaign and even Spurs fans will not want to argue too much about Silvestre’s selection.

This also makes the Gunners the favourites to win the game and puts Arteta’s men under pressure to secure the points from the fixture.

It is hard to see the team fail to beat Spurs, but being overconfident could be a problem and they must respect Antonio Conte’s men as much as possible. Otherwise, the Gunners could become complacent and lose the game.

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  1. Yet in the beginning of this season people would have chosen only 2 Arsenal players in the combine 11. I remember vividly some arsenal fans on JA arguing that spurs hav better squad and a better coach. What changed? Is their coach suddenly not good again?

    1. It’s understandable though? Conte has a highly successful track record, spurs do have good players, and last season was very up and down for us.
      Player-for-player, I don’t think spurs are far behind, if at all, it’s just that arteta has put together a team and system that has really clicked (and conte’s hasn’t at all). Put bentancur or son or kulusevski or several other individuals in our team and they all make the best 11 imo – arteta’s system just works and he’s bringing the best out of players.
      All that said, NLD could still go either way imo. You just never know.

      1. Yes of course, North London Derby is not about the best team. It’s about who is hungrier on d day and the home fans also contribute

    2. Arsenal have gone up a gear and spurs haven’t 🤷🏾. I have no idea why but I guess arteta will get the plaudits and rightly so

  2. I was surprised by the ManC Carabao cup defeat, so quoting a list of us having 9 out of 11 ‘better players’ is no guarantee of success. On paper we are better but a NLD is a different beast. I am still going for us to win though.

  3. I just don’t like matches that are won on paper before being played. Just look at what happened to City at Southampton yesterday.

    The superiority complex is killing a lot of teams. Yet a match has not more than 11 players.

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