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Ray Parlour picks combined Tottenham and Arsenal XI; £50m and Dele Alli miss out

Ray Parlour has picked his combined Arsenal and Tottenham XI ahead of Sunday’s North London derby – with Dele Alli and Ben White missing out.

The two sides go into Sunday’s clash at The Emirates in intriguing runs of form. Arsenal lost their opening three league games, but won their last two.

They also cruised to a 3-0 win over League One side AFC Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Spurs won their opening three – the opposite of Arsenal.

But Spurs have since suffered two consecutive 3-0 losses to Chelsea and Palace. However, they beat Wolves on penalties on Wednesday night.

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Arsenal legend Parlour has responded when asked for his combined XI ahead of Sunday’s game – picking six Arsenal players, and five Spurs stars.

“Lloris, a World Cup winner. Leno, lost form. Tomiyasu at RB, I like his energy – decent defender. Gabriel – big difference,” told TalkSPORT.

“Romero for Spurs. LB, Tierney – the one who gets forward, really energetic. Two midfielders – Partey and Hojbjerg, wins the ball back.

“Three behind a striker, Saka from the right, Son from the left and Smith-Rowe – he’s improving, but he’s going to get better. Kane up top.”

Parlour XI: Arsenal and Tottenham stars miss out, fair?

Dele Alli is probably the biggest absentee. Starting to rediscover his best form, Dele is certainly a contender to play in the 10 role over Smith-Rowe.

Obviously, there is going to be an Arsenal tinge to the line-up given Parlour is biased. Japhet Tanganga could also have got in over signing Tomiyasu.

Tanguy Ndombele, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon and Lucas Moura have also been solid again. At Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is missing.

But it is hard to argue against Harry Kane. Ben White, a £50million signing, could argue he is better than Cristian Romero. Martin Odegaard, too.

However, as line-ups go, Parlour has been pretty fair. Not many could argue with the likes of Son, Saka, Kane, Lloris, Tierney, Hojbjerg and Partey.

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