Tim Sherwood believes Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka would be the only Arsenal players to make it into a combined XI with Tottenham ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.
After spending more than £150m on six new signings in the summer, the Gunners started the Premier League season with three successive defeats against newly-promoted Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, but have since recovered to win their last two games against Norwich and Burnley.
Meanwhile, Spurs started the season with impressive wins over Manchester City, Wolves and Watford, before losing to Crystal Palace and Chelsea and now go into the game against Arsenal in desperate need of a win.
But despite the form books, Sherwood thinks that more Tottenham stars would get into a team made up solely of Arsenal and Spurs players.
‘Out of a combined XI [Kieran] Tierney certainly gets in, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang I’m not sure because he’s not been great, I still think Son [Heung-min] and [Harry] Kane are the two strikers up there. You’d have to have [Bukayo] Saka in there but really it’s a poor bunch to be honest,’ he said exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side bet on Arsenal v Spurs.
‘No one is standing out for me as the rest are still developing at Arsenal. [Martin] Odegaard will be a good player; he scored a fantastic free kick at the weekend but it’s not easy to pick a combined XI.’
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been under fire for his team’s performances and results so far this season, while Nuno Espirito Santo, who left Wolves to join Spurs in the summer has also been blasted for his style of play in recent weeks.
Sherwood has admitted that he doesn’t like the tactics of either manager, but believes Spurs could have the edge if the Portuguese boss goes back to what he knows.
‘Who would I pick out of the two managers? Well, I don’t particularly like both styles of play so it’s difficult to choose, I know Mikel is trying hard to play his style with the slow build up from the back and Nuno likes the opposition to have the ball, so you’re talking about a real contrast of styles,’ he added.
‘If Arsenal are not in this game and if I’m Nuno I’m going back to what he knows best, and I’m not criticising Nuno as there’s no right or wrong way to play the game, but it’s what people prefer, and he’s always played that way.’