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Arsenal players are spread thinly in combined XI with Chelsea

| 19.03.2014

After a busy midweek of European action all eyes will return to matters Premier League and the trivial business of a title-shaping London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal.

As is stands, Jose Mourinho’s men are 15/8-shots to claim the English title, while four-points in arrears are 12/1 shots Arsenal, which is a massive shift in price considering they have a game in hand.

However, as you can see from our Chelsea-heavy amalgamation of the two squads below, the Blues’ far shorter price for glory might just be justified. Do you agree?


Statistically the meanest defence in the Champions League and also by goals conceded in the Premier League, we couldn’t justify splitting up the boys in blue at the back with Petr Cech donning the gloves.

Had Kieran Gibbs rediscovered his early season form for the Gunners in recent times then the Englishman could have staked a claim ahead of natural right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, but the Chelsea man is in on merit.

The partnership England fans would love to see at the World Cup, of John Terry and Gary Cahill, is preferred to Per Mertesacker and the occasionally error prone Laurent Koscielny, while Branislav Ivanovic has the attacking edge on Bacary Sagna.

The engine room is filled with an intriguing blend of physicality and pace with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressing so much in a central role lately, he is charged with partnering Nemanja Matic.

In front of these two Oscar’s quiet spell sees him ousted by German schemer Mesut Ozil and man for the grand occasion, Samuel Eto’o, is preferred to big-game bottler Olivier Giroud.

On the left, Eden Hazard, arguably the Premier League’s finest player of the season is let loose to bamboozle whatever defence he faces.

And the final spot goes to arguably Arsenal’s most effective midfielder since Christmas, Tomas Rosicky, fresh from his wonder goal against Tottenham.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.