North London Worst XI: Featuring Mertesacker, Paulinho and Sanogo

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur boast an abundance of candidates for a combined Worst XI on current form...

GK - Szczesny

The goalkeeping department is the only real source of pride for Tottenham this season, with Hugo Lloris widely acknowledged as a shot stopper of the highest calibre. For Arsenal, Wojciech Szczesny used to be a source of pride. Now, however, fans are not so sure - and he duly kicks our north London Worst XI off.

LB - Rose

By contrast, Spurs are struggling at left-back right now. Kieran Gibbs may be bang average during his off days but he can't really compete with the out-of-sorts Danny Rose in terms of incompetence.

CB - Mertesacker

Without Laurent Koscielny by his side, Per Mertesacker looks as though he might just struggle in the Championship. His pace is non-existent and his judgement seems to be waning with age. The German pips Nacho Monreal as the Spaniard has the excuse that centre-back isn't his natural position.

CB - Kaboul

In a toss-up between who has the worst central defenders right now (Arsenal or Tottenham) it's a very close call. Yesterday, all four of north London's centre-backs looked woeful. And Spurs skipper Younes Kaboul was perhaps the worst of a bad bunch.

RB - Naughton

Calum Chambers was probably the worse right-back yesterday but has otherwise looked very promising for Arsenal. The same cannot be said for Tottenham man Kyle Naughton, who will be out of Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up faster than Kyle Walker can run the 100 metres when the latter returns to full fitness. 

CM - Flamini

In defensive midfield, though, one of Arsene Wenger's men takes this one. For a holding mid, Mathieu Flamini doesn't seem to display any of the requisite qualities to offer any type of protection to his back four these days.

CM - Dembele

Alongside the Frenchman, Mousa Dembele makes our Worst XI. The 27-year-old has been in and out of the Spurs team this season due to his poor form.

LM - Cazorla

Going forward, we go back to the Gunners, as Santi Cazorla has been playing the role of passenger in his last few games for Wenger's side. Arsenal fans want him out of the starting XI - so he rightly takes his place in this one.

RM - Paulinho (C)

How much worse can it get than struggling to get into a team full of midfielders struggling for form? The Brazilian has gradually disappeared off the radar since joining Tottenham and his lack of form is such that he captains our north London Worst XI.

ST - Adebayor

Having played for both sides of north London, Emmanuel Adebayor is the perfect candidate for this team. But, at his best, the Togolese forward can be simply sensational. It is his attitude (or lack thereof) that determines his poor performance levels - and Spurs fans seem to have had just about enough of him this term.

ST - Sanogo

The ultimate striker to complete our XI. Arsenal fans still can't see what Wenger did in the 21-year-old. And they may be left wondering for some time.

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