Which Arsenal and Tottenham players make the North London XI in Brazil?

Hugo Lloris

Find out which of the two rivals’ stars on show at the World Cup make our North London starting XI.

GK – Hugo Lloris (FRA)

With Arsenal goalkeeper Wojceich Szczesny missing the action this summer with Poland, France No.1 Hugo Lloris gets into the team. The young Pole impressed this season for Arsenal but failed to stop Poland from missing out on the tournament.

RB – Bacary Sagna (FRA)

This is again something of a default selection due to neither Kyle Naughton nor Kyle Walker making the England squad. This could well be the last time the France full-back can be considered a North London resident, with his contract expiring this month.

CB – Jan Vertonghen (BEL)

This is one of the toughest choices as Arsenal have had two fine examples of centre-backs this term in their starting line-up. In the 2012/13 season, the Belgium international was superb for Spurs, and despite struggling at times this term, he still gets in the team.

CB – Laurent Koscielny (FRA)

It would have been ideal to have both Koscielny and his German partner in defence at Arsenal in the team, but I pick the Frenchman as he has been sublime this season for the Gunners.

LB – Thomas Vermaelen (BEL)

Another default selection. The Gunners captain has been a peripheral figure for well over a year now, but the Belgian is the only North London-based left-back who is on display at the World Cup.

CM – Paulinho (BRA)

The Brazilian international has had an excellent debut season in the Premier League with Spurs, and that has certainly helped him earn his place in the fiercely contested midfield of the host nation this summer.

CM – Jack Wilshere (ENG)

The England star has suffered with injury yet again this term and has undoubtedly been in the shadow of Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates, but the World Cup is an ideal opportunity for him to prove his quality for the Three Lions.

AM – Mesut Ozil (GER)

With Christian Eriksen missing out with Denmark this summer, there can only be one playmaker and that has to be Arsenal’s club-record signing Mesut Ozil, who will undoubtedly have something to prove with Germany this summer after an often difficult and scrutinized debut season in England.

LW – Santi Cazorla (SPA)

This is another tough choice with Germany’s Lukas Podolski and Belgium’s Nacer Chadli to compete with for his position, but the pint-sized Spain international has just nipped ahead of his Arsenal and Spurs counterparts this term as neither has played as regularly or with quite as much consistency.

RW – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ENG)

The absence of Theo Walcott (England), Andros Townsend (England) and Erik Lamela (Argentina) due to injuries means that the Arsenal youngster just nicks the spot, having only just recovered from an injury scare himself.

ST – Olivier Giroud (FRA)

The France striker has improved this season with the Gunners and is the only real viable option up front for the North London XI, as Roberto Soldado missed out on selection with Spain, Emmanuel Adebayor is not there with Togo and Nicklas Bendtner likewise with Denmark.

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