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Arsenal bully Spurs in north London derby combined XI

| 26.09.2014

When Arsenal play Tottenham things go quiet from Holloway Road to deepest Hertfordshire, plus there’s a fair bit of interest elsewhere in one of English football’s most high-profile rivalries.

Here at news.Ladbrokes we are sufficiently pumped for the 45th Premier League edition, which sees the Gunners entertain the Lilywhites.

With home advantage and better league form, Arsenal are the 4/5 favourites, while Tottenham are 7/2 outsiders.

Judging by the way we’ve selected our best XI from the two squads, we’re expecting the Emirates to be a happy place come the final whistle.


Between the sticks French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gets the nod over Wojciech Szczesny and it doesn’t get an awful lot better for Mauricio Pochettino’s side from there.

It’s only due to the absence of Lloris’ Les Bleus teammate Mathieu Debuchy that Eric Dier gets in at right-back, which prevents a Gunners’ clean sweep of the back four.

Therein lies part of Spurs’ troubles in defence, as Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are considered better options than anyone else in that department from White Hart Lane stocks.

Etienne Capoue’s Tottenham rebirth this season and Arsenal’s glaring lack of a top defensive midfield talent sees the Frenchman slot in alongside Aaron ‘goal-machine’ Ramsey in the engine room.

Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen is the only other Spur in the line-up, but the talented Dane is preferred to a raft of potential candidates for the left-forward slot.

A rejuvenated Mesut Ozil is given licence to supply Danny Welbeck from number 10 and bang-in-form forward Alexis Sanchez, looking for his fifth goal in six appearances, completes a heavily
Arsenal-centric line-up.

Sanchez is priced at 11/2 to score the first goal of the game.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.