A combined Tottenham and Arsenal XI ahead of Wednesday's League Cup derby

Based on who has impressed most in this season's Premier League, we put together a team from the two North London rivals.

After Arsenal legend Paul Merson selected a combined North London XI ahead of Wednesday's League Cup derby for Sky Sports, unsurprisingly plumping for eight Gunners players and just three Spurs men, we at HITC have tried to select a more balanced eleven taking into account only who has most impressed in Premier League performances this season.

GK - The first player is already sure to split the two sets of supporters, with Hugo Lloris being selected ahead of Petr Cech after helping Spurs to the second best defence in the league. Both men have put in superb performances this season, but the Frenchman just edges Cech taking into account the Arsenal stopper's disappointing Premier League debut against West Ham.

Defence - Hector Bellerin deserves a spot in the back four after carrying on from where he left off last season with a great mix of attacking and defensive play, helped by his blistering pace. Kyle Walker has been improved this season but just misses out. Jan Vertonghen and Laurent Koscielny have bent the best centre-backs at their respective clubs. Left back is a difficult position to pick for, with Danny Rose struggling for game time after niggling injuries, despite impressing in his sole Premier League match. Nacho Monreal just edges Ben Davies, with the Welshman nevertheless looking good this season.

Midfield - In the middle of the park, things unsurprisingly get interesting. Santi Cazorla has continued to a look a classy player though he has failed to get on the scoresheet so far, and Dele Alli could arguably feel hard done by to miss out. But in the other central spot, Eric Dier, with his repositioning into midfield and headed goal against Stoke, only just makes it into the side ahead of Francis Coquelin who has proved himself vital to the Gunners, and in all truth, there isn't much between these four players. In attacking midfield, things don't get any easier, especially with Alexis Sanchez yet to find his form this season. Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen make the team having two assists each, with the latter doing so in just three appearances. And the final spot is taken by Heung-Min Son, who stole the show against Crystal Palace at the weekend and looks to be a great signing for Tottenham.

Attack - Up front, and it's perhaps the toughest decision yet. Olivier Giroud has scored the most goals of the attacking players (two) but has put in some very poor performances in his games so far. Theo Walcott has been better, but only marginally, and has still yet to claim that attacking spot in merit, instead taking in as a result of Giroud's poor form. Harry Kane is selected despite not scoring yet in the Premier League, instead looking at his overall play, which has continued to be of a high standard in every game so far except the match against Palace on Sunday. His passing accuracy and number of key passes his higher than both his Arsenal counterparts.

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