Picking a Combined XI of Arsenal & Manchester City Players Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup Semi-Final

inal No place for the outsiders this year; the FA Cup semi-finals gather four of the Premier League's top six in a couple of glorious clashes only English football knows how to produce. The second of these two clashes will see Arsenal trying to save their season against Manchester City on Sunday. Here's what a combined eleven of the two teams would look like.  Constantly in the Premier League's top four top scorers since he arrived in Manchester six seasons ago, Kun is just one of the best...

GK : ​Petr Čech (Arsenal)

Well, City are not really brimming with overly-talented goalkeepers this season, are they? Claudio Bravo's proved an epic fail while Willy Caballero tries to do the job. On the other hand, Cech's still a decent goalkeeper. Enough to be in the team. 

RB : Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

Reason why he's in the team? His pace. Reason why he's one of the most valued full-backs in the world? His pace. Reason why Barça is thinking of him for next season? His pace. Reason why North Korea might start World War III? His pace. 

CB : Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Despite the fact that he has a quota of penalties to concede every season, Koscielny remains one of the best defenders in the Premier League. And, just remember, he was bought for only £10m back when he played for Lorient. 

CB : Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Captain Vincent coming back is one of the best things to happen to Manchester City's defence in a very long time... 


Well, that's until he's injured again. Which should probably happen in a couple of weeks, according to our latest projections.

LB : Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Once again, kind of a default choice. 


You could argue that Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov are as competent at left-back as Monreal, but neither of them is an undisputed first team player. And even though it's because Wenger never wanted to spend the necessary money to replace him, Monreal is.

CDM : Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Let's face it: Arsenal's midfield is trash. Xhaka's a huge disappointment, Ramsey is always injured, Coquelin's just...Coquelin, Wilshere's not even there to be bad and Santi Cazorla's long injury is one of the worst things that happened to Arsenal this season. 


Anyway, any decent player would get a spot on this combined XI. And well, Fernandinho is more than a decent footballer.  

CDM : Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

Sulked off by Pep at the beginning of the season, Yaya Touré fought for a place in the starting eleven and ended up getting it. 


An experienced and versatile player who could play in the first team for any club. And that could happen really soon, since his contract is ending in June and lots of clubs are interested...

CAM : Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Last season, Mesut Özil's influence on Arsenal's gameplay was really visible. This year, it really isn't. 


Kevin De Bruyne on the other hand, really had a great impact on Manchester City this season, particularly at the beginning of the season with stunning performances. He's already scored four goals and assisted 15 in Premier League. Not bad. 

RW : Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

A number of criticisms can be levelled at Pep Guardiola this season, but his handling of Raheem Sterling is definitely not one of them. Not really able to justify his transfer fee last season, the English winger really learned how to be decisive under the Spaniard. 


And oh boy, does that attacking trio with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané looks exciting. 

LW : Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)

His move to the front of the attack instead of Olivier Giroud got him scoring a lot of league goals, equaling his career best of 19 in a season.


Pretty much the only Arsenal player that performs this season. Long story short: If he's not in this team, no one is.

ST : Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

Constantly in the Premier League's top four top scorers since he arrived in Manchester six seasons ago, Kun is just one of the best players in the world. People buried him pretty quickly after Gabriel Jesus arrival, but he proved that he's not ready to give up yet. 

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