Martin Keown picks his Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal combined XI

The former Arsenal man puts just three Spurs stars in with a chance of making the team.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has cast his eye over the merits of both teams ahead of Sunday's North London Derby and believes just three Tottenham Hotspur players would have a chance of making a combined XI.

Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane is the Spurs man most confidently backed for a starting berth by Keown, given Olivier Giroud’s indifferent start to the season.

“I think Harry Kane would deserve a start. He is starting to edge towards the kind of form he showed last year and he is a proper frontman,” wrote Keown in his column for the Daily Mail.

“He has been playing well for his team all season and now is adding goals back in to the mix.

The only other Tottenham men Keown backs to get in ahead of their Arsenal counterparts are Belgian centre-back duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

“It’s a very close call in the middle. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been very impressive and formed a real partnership together. Laurent Koscielny is an excellent defender too, so any of those three could make it in.”

Petr Cech rather surprisingly gets given the nod over Hugo Lloris between the sticks, with Keown suggesting even Lloris would accept the Arsenal stopper has been the better goalkeeper this season.

Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are adjudged to be better than both Spurs full-backs – a controversial decision given Kyle Walker's excellent form this season and Bellerin’s relative inexperience – while Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are preferred to Eric Dier and Dele Alli.

As far as attacking midfielders go, Keown doesn’t fancy any Spurs player to get a look in, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey his picks behind the frontman.

The two teams meet at the Emirates this weekend with both enjoying an excellent run of form, and despite Keown’s heavy leaning towards the Gunners, there’s really nothing to choose between the two sides.

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