Picking a Combined XI of Arsenal & Manchester City Players Ahead of Sunday's Crunch League Clash

lash Arsenal and Manchester City face off in the Premier League on Sunday with both sides in need of wins to help them in their quest to finish amongst the top four. The Gunners have lost back-to-back league games and now sit sixth in the table, and the unrest surrounding the club and manager Arsene Wenger reached new heights against West Brom after planes were flown in both protest and defence of the Frenchman's position as boss. City lie third and are unbeaten in seven, but surely Guadiola...

GK - Petr Cech (ARS)

Petr Cech hasn't had the best of seasons between the sticks for Arsenal, but in a combined XI, he's probably still the better option out of David Ospina, Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo.


Caballero has filled in quite well for the dropped Bravo over at the Etihad, but you do always get the feeling that he is a mistake waiting to happen - just a slightly weaker feeling than you get with Bravo.

 

On paper, Cech is arguably still the most solid out of the four to choose from.

RB - Hector Bellerin (ARS)

Bellerin has made waves over the past couple of seasons but is currently going through, along with most of his teammates, a below par run of form.


He gets the nod over Bacary Sagna on the basis that on his day, Bellerin is an extremely tricky prospect for teams to deal with.


His blistering pace and overlapping abilities make him one of the best attacking full-backs in the league.


The jury may still be out on the defensive side of his game, but the Spaniard is still so young and will only improve.

RCB - John Stones (MCI)

It cannot be denied - John Stones is definitely improving.


He will always come under scrutiny thanks to his price tag, but as Manchester United fans are quick to point out with Paul Pogba, that isn't his fault.


Stones was tremendous against Liverpool before the international break, but not many look for the good in his game and cynics await his next mistake with baited breath.


Much is made of Stones' mould - being a ball-playing centre-half, but the defensive side is not far off, and he is certainly progressing after a tricky start to the season.

LCB - Laurent Koscielny (ARS)

Based off how they've all performed this season, the second centre-half spot goes to the lesser of three evils.


By his own standards, Laurent Koscielny has had a poor season, but Shkodran Mustafi hasn't looked like the player fans thought he'd be and has looked shaky in his debut season, and over in Manchester, Nicolas Otamendi has had more poor games than he's had great ones.


Koscielny gets in on the basis that he's been pretty solid for the Gunners in previous seasons.

LB - Aleks Kolarov (MCI)

Both sides have really struggled defensively this season, and Aleksandar Kolarov completes the best possible back four you can make - which is probably tells you everything.


In Kolarov's defence, he did start the season well playing a new position of centre-back under Pep Guardiola, but he is definitely better as a left-back.


Kolarov remains a real threat on free-kicks and from long distance - the same which cannot be said for Nacho Monreal of Arsenal.

CDM - Fernandinho (MCI)

City's Brazilian star Fernandinho is another player who has been switched around a bit as Pep Guardiola endeavours to find his best current team.


Fernandinho has been deployed as an emergency right-back on occasion, which is a testament to how much Pep trusts him to do a job.


The former Shakhtar Donetsk star was imperious over the first ten league games and was even fairly consistent throughout City's trickier periods this season.


His influence in the team is obvious and he was badly missed in the games which he was suspended for. He makes it in over Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny.

LCM - David Silva (MCI)

David Silva is, hands down, one of the most under appreciated players in the Premier League.


The Spanish maestro's ability to dictate the tempo of games is unrivalled, and his vision and technical abilities are a sight to behold sometimes.


One thing is for certain, City will struggle to replace Merlin when the time eventually comes, and the Premier League will have lost one of the greatest creative talents to have graced English football.


At the risk of kicking World War III off, he's definitely a more influential player than Mesut Ozil is.

RCM - Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

Contributing to an all-City midfield is Kevin De Bruyne, who apparently, is not having his greatest season in the blue of City, but a true testament to his natural ability is that he always has that look.


That look that he wants to turn things around for his side. That look that, even though he might be having a poor game, he will produce a moment of brilliance, as was the case against Liverpool before the international break.


The Belgian is one of, if not the best, number 10 in world football on his day, and there aren't many combined XIs he wouldn't make.

RW - Raheem Sterling (MCI)

Raheem Sterling has responded in perfect fashion since England's shameful showing at the Euro's last summer.


The 22-year-old in particular was given a rough ride by the media in the aftermath of the tournament, but under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League, Sterling has shone.


It feels like he has been around for years longer than he has, but the former Liverpool man is still only young, and is looking like he could turn out to be the real deal.


Theo Walcott enjoyed a good first half of the season but has tailed off in 2017, but Sterling has continued to look dangerous.

LW - Alexis Sanchez (ARS)

Alexis Sanchez is by far and away Arsenal's best player, and like Kevin De Bruyne, would make the majority of combined football XIs.


Sanchez has been deployed up top for most of the season by Arsene Wenger, but is naturally a winger, with a big eye for goal.


As such, he comes in on the left at the harsh expense of Manchester City's Leroy Sane, who looks like fantastic prospect for the future at the Etihad.


But at the end of the day Sanchez is a proven world class talent, who may only be around for 11 more Premier League games... 

ST - Sergio Aguero (MCI)

Sergio Aguero, like Kevin De Bruyne, is having a "poor season", despite plundering 22 goals in all competitions this season so far.


It is a testament to his ability that that is considered a poor season, and that ability cannot be ignored here.


Aguero is one of the most lethal marksmen the Premier League has ever seen, and obviously gets in this combined XI over Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.

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