Sunday’s derby in North London will see two teams in a state of flux in battle, and both are hoping a good result will see them begin this season.
Arsenal started the season terribly, languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table for a while, before winning their last two games.
For the Spurs, they have had the opposite. They topped the table with three straight wins, but have lost straight games 3-0 disappointingly.
Arsenal could even overtake Tottenham in the table with a win.
However, there is still plenty of talent on both sides, and Gunners legend Ray Parlor thinks Sunday’s game at the Emirates is too close to call.
“I think it could definitely go either way,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast. “Most people will be in a draw, I imagine, which would not be a bad result for Spurs or Arsenal.
“You never want to lose these games when you go to a North London derby, but Arsenal are a bit high.
“It is very difficult to call.”
So who would enter a combined XI from both sides? Parlor has chosen the names of his team.
“In the goal I will go with [Hugo] Cry He is a World Cup champion and is still a great goalkeeper.
“[Aaron] Ramsdale is there for Arsenal at the moment as Leno has lost a bit of form so I have to go to Lloris.
“[Takehiro] Tomiyasu on the right side. I think he has shown enough in that first game he played. I know it’s the early days, but I like his energy and he seems like a decent defender as a right-back.
“I’m going to Gabriel as a central defender, he made a big difference to the team alongside Ben White, and [Cristian] Romero for the Spurs with him I will go with him. I think they are a good association.
“Left back, I’m going [Kieran] Tierney. He goes ahead and gets good balls into the area. He is very energetic and not a bad defender either. “
A weighing of three Arsenal players against two Spurs on the former Gunners’ team, with the only debate on right-back Tomiyasu over Japhet Tanganga.
Parlor continued: “My two midfielders are [Thomas] Partey, I really hope a good season from him this year, and [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg I have put it there. He will be the one who recovers the ball.
“The three behind my striker are [Bukayo] Saka from the right side, [Heung-min] Son to the left and [Emile] Smith Rowe in the middle. It is improving and I think it will improve.
“So Harry Kane upstairs.”
A strong Parlor team with six Arsenal players against five Tottenham.
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