Arsenal legend Ray Parlor had to leave out two of the Gunners’ top stars as he selected his combined North London derby XI.
Tottenham travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on their arch-rivals on Saturday, and talkSPORT will bring you EXCLUSIVE LIVE commentary from the capital’s biggest grudge game.
It’s becoming one of North London’s most exciting derbies in years, with Arsenal and Spurs flying high at the top of the table.
Mikel Arteta’s side go top of the Premier League table after an impressive start where a loss to Manchester United is the only stain on their record of six wins in seven games.
But Tottenham are not far behind in third place, and Antonio Conte’s men know an away win in the manager’s only second derby will see them leapfrog their bitter foes.
As well as their form on the pitch, both clubs are in excellent shape on paper with squads packed full of world-class talent.
And it gave Invincibles Great Parlor a bit of a headache as they were tasked with picking players for a combined Arsenal vs Tottenham XI on talkSPORT Breakfast.
His picks might surprise many of you – especially Parlor’s own Gooners – with no room for Arsenal star man Gabriel Jesus.
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“In goal, I have to go with Aaron Ramsdale. Hugo Lloris gets along a bit and Ramsdale is also knocking on England’s door.
“In my back-four I have to have Arsenal’s full-backs, they’ve been excellent. Ben White did a great job at right-back, and at left-back I went with Oleksandr Zinchenko in this moment, he was an excellent recruit.
“I would have Cristian Romero in midfield, I think he’s been great for Spurs, and I was also trying to get Eric Dier into the flank, but I’m going with four at the back, c That’s why I chose Guillaume Saliba.
“Gabriel was also excellent for Arsenal, but Saliba was brilliant. He finally got his chance and he really took it.
“Two midfielders – Thomas Partey is very important for Arsenal – ‘If he is fit’, adds Alan Brazil – He has to stay fit for the season, but I think he will be fit for the derby.
“And it was difficult – Granit Xhaka, who has been excellent this year, or Rodrigo Bentancur? Bentancur is a bit more mobile for me, so I went with him.
“Then I went to Martin Odegaard, he’s currently captain of Arsenal and he’s been great in that little No.10 role. He really shakes things up.
“I picked Heung-min Son on the left wing because he’s such a good player, Harry Kane definitely needs to be there up front.
“And then on the right, I was trying to think about how to bring Gabriel Jesus into the side, but I went with Bukayo Saka. He hasn’t been the Saka was seen last season, not yet, but you know what he can produce is a top player.
So it’s 7-4 for Arsenal against Romford Pele – but what will the score be on Saturday?
Combined Arsenal and Tottenham XI from Ray Parlor:
Tune in to talkSPORT for LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary from the Emirates Stadium to find out – Saturday 1 October, kick off 12.30pm!