Combined Tottenham and Arsenal under-21 XI: Who has the best prospects?

Jeff Reine-Adelaide

Ahead of Tottenham's clash with Arsenal in the League Cup, here is a look at who would feature in a best XI between the two clubs.

Arsenal face Tottenham on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup, in a game neither side really wanted this early in the competition.

Both teams like to rotate their squads and give opportunities to youngsters, but these may be few and far between due to the two managers desperation to win, with both Olivier Giroud and Harry Kane potentially starting up front.

Rather than a putting together a combined XI of the best players both sides have, we have looked at an under-21 XI of players who could potentially still feature at White Hart Lane tonight - although for many this year's game will come too soon.

This means no loanees were considered, ruling out talented Spurs youngsters Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball, and Arsenal's Jon Toral, Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom, Dan Crowley and several others. Tottenham's Alex Pritchard, who is injured and out of tonight's game is also not included.

Here is a look at our pick of the bunch, of players who could be gracing the North London derby this evening, or in years to come...

GK: Ryan Huddart Arsenal)

Ryan Huddart is highly rated at Arsenal and was named as a substitute in the Champions League last season at just 17.

DEF: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Krystian Bielik (Arsenal) Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham) Luke Amos (Tottenham)

Tottenham players make up three of the back four, with the stand out player promising centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers. The US youth international has already drawn praise from senior boss Jurgen Klinsmann and is thought to be on the fringes of the Spurs first team.

The superbly named Kyle Walker-Peters and Luke Amos, both England youth internationals are the full-backs, with Arsenal's Krystian Bielik completing the defence. The Pole was signed a defensive midfielder in January, but has been playing for the under-21 side since last season at centre-back, with his height making him a commanding figure.

MID: Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Josh Onomah (Tottenham) Milos Veljkovic (Tottenham) Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Arsenal)

Milos Veljkovic is the most experienced of the midfielders, previously playing on loan with Charlton and Middlesbrough. Also capable of playing at centre-back, he was part of Serbia's under-20 World Cup winning team this summer.

In the centre he would be partnered by Spurs teammate Josh Onomah, who came on as a substitute for the Spurs first team in the FA Cup last season, and scored for England's under-19 side earlier this month.

On the wings would be Arsenal's stars of pre-season, starting with Jay-Jay Okocha's nephew Alex Iwobi. He would be joined by summer signing from Lens, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who bedazzled Kevin de Bruyne with his trickery at The Emirates Cup.

CF: Shayon Harrison (Tottenham) Stephy Mavididi (Arsenal)

Up front are two promising strikers with outstanding futures ahead of them. Shayon Harrison was one of the stars of Spurs' Youth Cup side which reached the semi-finals last season, and also netted a hat-trick against Arsenal's under-18 side earlier this year. This season he has two goals and three assists in five under-21 games.

17-year-old Stephy Mavididi is just as highly regarded, and kept Spurs' Kazaiah Sterling out of England's under-17 World Cup squad in the summer.  Still just 17, he has four goals in four games for Arsenal's under-21s this season, and is one of several forwards being coached by Thierry Henry.

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