Here are the players, lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
A straight fight between Lloris and Petr Cech, the Frenchman gets the nod as a reward for an excellent debut season in the Premier League, especially considering the difficulty he had in his first few months due to the debate over Brad Friedel’s place at Tottenham Hotspur.
Left-back – Ashley Cole
An easy call given the rotation at both Spurs and Arsenal in this position, Cole agreed a new one year deal at Chelsea this season, and still looks amongst the very best left-backs in the world.
Right-back – Cesar Azplicueta
One of the harder positions to call, given that Azpilicueta’s team-mate Branislav Ivanovic would probably be a shoe-in had he not spend much of the year at centre-back, but Chelsea’s new signing deserves recognition for an excellent debut season at Stamford Bridge. Kyle Walker and Bacary Sagna have both underwhelmed at times, but both finished the year strongly to almost displace Azpilicueta.
Centre-backs – Jan Vertonghen and Laurent Koscielny
Per Mertesacker and David Luiz are unlucky to miss out, but Vertonghen was a rock throughout the year for Spurs, whilst Koscielny proved his quality in Arsenal’s superb end of season run, and even popped up with the decisive goal to ensure they finished in the Champions League once again.
Central midfield – Mousa Dembele and Mikel Arteta
Dembele has become the heartbeat of Spurs team, equally effective at breaking up the opposition play as he is driving forward to start his team’s attacks, whilst Arteta makes the cut after impressing again at the base of Arsenal’s midfield this season. Frank Lampard was close to the side after breaking Chelsea’s all-time goals record this year, and Sandro might have nailed down a place if he had been fit in the second half of the season.
Left-wing – Gareth Bale
About as clear cut a choice as there could be, Bale rightly swept up the player of the season awards after scoring 21 league goals for Spurs this season. Now considered amongst the best players in the world, Spurs will be desperate to keep hold of Bale this summer.
Attacking midfield – Santi Cazorla
He has not always made the headlines, but Cazorla has settled superbly to become the fulcrum of Arsenal’s attacking play. A return of twelve goals and eleven assists marked out an excellent debut season for Cazorla, who could get even better next year.
Right-wing – Juan Mata
Despite his busy summer with Spain last year, Mata has been sublime for Chelsea this season, scoring 12 times himself and setting up a further 12. However Jose Mourinho looks to reshape the Chelsea team this summer, Mata will undoubtedly be at the heart of his plans.
Forward – Theo Walcott
The one area where all three teams are lacking a stand-out player, meaning Walcott is pushed into his favoured position despite not playing there all that regularly for Arsenal this season. By August, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs will all hope to have new faces in their attack, but for the moment, Walcott just edges out Giroud for the final spot in the combined side.
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