London Team of the Season so far - which Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham stars feature?

Eden Hazard jogging

As Premier League teams prepare to return from the international break, here is how a team of the season so far would look if only filled with London-based players.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois - though his controversial concussion against Arsenal will dominate talk over Courtois' season, the Belgian has taken over from Petr Cech superbly for Chelsea, justifying his reputation as the finest young goalkeeper in the world.

Right Back: Branislav Ivanovic - when Chelsea signed Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis this summer, many expected Ivanovic to be dropped from the team, but the Serbian has left the new signing on the bench with a number of dominant displays down the right hand side.

Centre Back: Younes Kaboul - who would have expected this before the start of the season? Now Tottenham captain under Mauricio Pochettino, the Frenchman has been colossal in the heart of the Spurs defence, especially in their 1-1 draw at North London rivals Arsenal.

Centre Back: Winston Reid - another name who has been something of a surprise, Reid has been superb for West Ham, and the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be monitoring his contract situation at Upton Park after a great start to the season. 

Left Back: Kieran Gibbs - it seems strange to put Gibbs in given that he's only played four games this season, but he's been Arsenal's most consistent performer and is making a strong case to be considered England's first choice left back.

Right Midfield: Nacer Chadli - after an underwhelming first season in England, Belgian winger Chadli has fared well under Pochettino, racking up four goals and an assist in just six games - meaning he has outshone Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela so far.

Centre Midfield: Cesc Fabregas - what a return to English football. The former Arsenal man has slotted into the Chelsea team perfectly, notching a record seven goals in just seven games - and making Arsene Wenger look like a fool in the process.

Centre Midfield: Nemanja Matic - Fabregas' success wouldn't be nearly as impressive if it wasn't for the holding excellence of Matic. The Serbian has broken up play superbly in front of Chelsea back four, enabling Fabregas to go forward and create in the final third.

Left Midfield: Eden Hazard - the third Chelsea midfielder to make the team, Hazard can flit in and out of games but in the big games, the Belgian delivers - as we saw with his slaloming run through the Arsenal defence.

Striker: Diafra Sakho - another surprise name given where he came from, former Metz striker Sakho has been a revelation for West Ham. For just £3.5m, the Hammers have snapped the Senegalese goal machine, who has hit five goals in his first five starts for Sam Allardyce's men.

Striker: Diego Costa - Sakho isn't the only prolific striker in London though, as Diego Costa can even improve on Sakho's record. With nine goals in just seven games, the Spanish international has been well worth the £32m outlay - and looks to be the striker that Chelsea missed last season.

It seems incredible that as we come to the end of the second international break of the season, there is only one Arsenal player in this London-based XI. The Gunners have been inconsistent at best this term with just two wins to their name, but the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alexis Sanchez and even Danny Welbeck can count themselves unlucky to have missed out.

Crystal Palace and QPR also have players who would stake a claim for selection, such as Mile Jedinak and Charlie Austin, whilst some other Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham stars - Gary Cahill, Hugo Lloris and Alex Song - also spring to mind.

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