The dream combined Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal North London Derby XI
Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (R) comes on as a substitute for Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on August 22, 2021.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal go head-to-head at The Emirates this weekend in the latest North London Derby.

While the two sides have been rivals for over 100 years, we could not help but wonder what their starting XI would look like if they decided to join forces for one week and one week only.

We will be making our judgements based on current form in the Premier League, as well as the potential of some players for the campaign ahead.


Sorry Arsenal, but this one is not even close. Hugo Lloris has been the number one in Tottenham for the best part of a decade, wearing the captain's armband for the vast majority of that.

Not only has he performed consistently over that time, but he is arguably playing his best-ever football in a Spurs shirt of late. He even has a World Cup winner's medal to his name.

Unfortunately, there is little Aaron Ramsdale or Bernd Leno can do to compete with the experienced Frenchman.


This one is rather interesting. The tables have turned in both camps over the summer, with flying right-backs Serge Aurier and Hector Bellerin on the way out.

In their place, we have two more defensive options who also have experience in the centre of a back four - Japhet Tanganga and Takehiro Tomiyasu. Tottenham also signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona, although we have not seen quite enough of him yet.

Due to Tanganga's impressive start to the season and a lack of game time in the Premier League so far for Tomiyasu, seeing as he has only just joined, we are going for Tottenham again here.


This one is arguably the most difficult out of all the positions and, unfortunately, that is not a compliment to either side. Both Spurs and Arsenal have looked dodgy at the back for a while now, although they each made new signings over the summer.

Ben White was purchased by the Gunners and Cristian Romero by the Lilywhites, with the hope that they could transform their respective defences.

We are going to give White the nod for the right-sided role due to the immense promise he showed at Brighton, while Eric Dier lines up to partner him as someone with vast experience on the left side.

Davinson Sanchez is unfortunate to miss out after his impressive start to the season, while Gabriel may also feel aggrieved for Arsenal. 


This one is extremely difficult for a very different reason - we actually have two great players to choose from in Kieran Tierney and Sergio Reguilon.

Both have great pace, loved to get up and down the wing, have an eye for an assist and, at times, leave themselves open in defence. 

The one thing we would say is that Tierney is very injury prone, meaning his Arsenal career hasn't quite got going yet. He has also played in a LCB role for the Gunners a fair few times.

As we are looking for the best outright left-back, we are going to go for Reguilon as someone who has impressed more consistently over the past year. 

Holding midfield

We are going to opt for two holding midfielders in this formation to provide protection ahead of the back four. There are actually a fair few contenders to look at too.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg jumps out immediately as a Tottenham midfielder who simply has to be named in the squad. He has been Mr Consistent for the Lilywhites over the past year and offers so much variety to the team.

Oliver Skipp also fits into that category, although it may be too early for this line-up and he may be slightly too similar to Hojbjerg in that two.

Spurs also have the likes of Harry Winks and Dele Alli playing that role this season, but neither have the consistency to beat out the opposition in this combined XI. 

From Arsenal, although he has struggled with injuries and hasn't really got going yet in a red shirt, we are far too tempted by Thomas Partey. He was world-class at Atletico Madrid and we are sure it's only a matter of time before he replicates that in the Premier League.

The Gunners also have the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka, but again they lack to quality right now to be named in the XI.

Attacking midfield

In our creator role, there are four main candidates, two from each team.

From Spurs, Tanguy Ndombele is one of the most naturally gifted midfielders in the Premier League, while Lucas Moura offers fantastic direct running in a number 10 role.

From Arsenal, young Emile Smith-Rowe has been a breath of fresh air, while new signing Martin Ødegaard is definitely in with a shout.

On this occasion, as he finally looks to perhaps be coming good in a Lilywhite shirt under Nuno Espirito Santo, we are going to opt for Tanguy. 

The dribbling, the strength, the skills, the creativity, the eye for goal - if he improves his fitness and attitude, he quite literally has it all.


Is this even worth talking about? I guess we can mention the other candidates briefly.

Steven Bergwijn, Bryan Gil,, Nicolas Pepe,, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There, we did it.

But the answer is Heung-min Son.


This one is perhaps up for more debate than the left side, although some of the same names can play here.

Pepe has lined up on the right of late for the Gunners, while Lucas Moura is the most common option for Spurs.

However, we are going to go for a youngster who has been the one shining light in a struggling Arsenal side for the past season - Bukayo Saka.

Not only is he fast and can cause problems with his direct dribbling, but he also has a fantastic football brain and an eye for clever assists and finishes. A great prospect. 


Harry Kane. Come on.

The Manager

Although neither side boast a world-class manager at this moment in time, I cannot subject even this make-believe XI to Mikel Arteta as I have no faith in him as a first-team coach.

At least with Nuno Espirito Santo, there will be a clear vision and a project based around a solid defence and a fit team.

The Line-Up

Hugo Lloris;

Japhet Tanganga, Ben White, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon;

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Partey;

Bukayo Saka, Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-min Son;

Harry Kane