Graphic: The best London XI so far this season, featuring Palace's Yohan Cabaye

West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Arsenal stars feature.

Following the second international break of the season, it is now a good time for clubs to reflect on their opening two months of the campaign and make plans for the challenges ahead.

The second break usually coincides with about a quarter of the season gone, a good enough time scale to assess the season’s best and worst players to date and also those key summer signings.

As per the graphic above, the best XI selected have been real standouts for their clubs and among the best players from the London-based sides so far this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris makes the number one spot, with the Frenchman currently holding the lowest goals conceded per minute ratio in the Premier League thus far.

Crystal Palace also boast a pretty decent defensive record, and the brilliance of centre-back partnership Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland has been a key factor in their rise up the table.

Full-backs have so far been a bit of worry for London clubs so far this season, with West Ham United’s Aaron Cresswell and Chelsea Branislav Ivanovic both guilty of some fairly awful errors.

However, Arsenal’s Spanish duo of Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin have pretty much started from where they left off last season, impressing both defensively and as an attacking option from deep.


Palace’s signing of Yohan Cabaye was one of the most fascinating deals in the summer and the Frenchman hasn’t disappointed, driving Alan Pardew’s men on to the next level.

The former Paris Saint-Germain ace has netted three times in eight matches, while his average of 3.9 tackles per match is among the highest tallies of his career.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and West Ham ace Cheikhou Kouyate can feel slightly hard done-by not making the XI alongside Cabaye, but SpursEric Dier has been a standout for different reasons.

The youngster is predominantly a versatile defender, but after stepping up to midfield he has shown real maturity under boss Mauricio Pochettino and fully deserves the plaudits which head his way.


Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez may have had a quiet opening month but over the past few weeks but he has now exploded into life, scoring five goals in his last two matches.

Christian Eriksen may have only featured five times for Spurs, yet his inclusion simply makes the North London outfit look that much more fluid in the final third and he creates chances for fun.

However, the Denmark international comes a distant second to the Premier League’s most creative player thus far - West Ham’s summer signing Dimitri Payet.

The France international caused some controversy leaving Marseille for the Hammers, but there have certainly been no complaints east of the capital as Payet thrives in the spotlight.

The 28-year-old has scored four, assisted a further three and averaged 4.1 key passes per match.

One man who is benefitting from his service his Diafra Sakho, the 25-year-old spearheading the London XI following his excellent performances upfront and three goals to date.

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