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Cracking Arsenal and Liverpool combined starting XI

See who made our final cut

Bookies pick the best of the current crop of Gunners and Reds to craft a combined starting XI

As Arsenal (17/20 to triumph with William Hill) and Liverpool (3/1 with Coral) prepare for what could be a crucial clash in the race for a top four spot, bring you a brilliant combined XI of the best Gunners and Reds in contention to play.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet
Looking far more reliable in net these days, Mignolet’s increased efforts have coincided with Liverpool’s best run, and mean the Reds have conceded just five in their last 10 Premier League games.

Right back: Calum Chambers
The adaptable defender seems to have finally settled, winning back his starting spot over the last few outings with a series of composed performances, so SkyBet are offering a best market price of 5/2 to for Arsenal to win to nil.

Centre back: Emre Can
Assured on the ball, Can may not be a natural centre half but has been thriving in that role, helping Brendan Rodgers’ Reds build from the back.

Centre back: Laurent Koscielny
Since the France international returned from a spell on the sidelines, the Gunners have lost just two of 12 tussles, with commanding Koscielny playing the full 90 minutes in all but one.

Left back: Nacho Monreal
The experienced Spaniard has cemented a starting spot, with his solidity preferred over clubmate Kieran Gibbs’ more gung-ho approach.

Central midfield: Jordan Henderson
Tireless and tenacious midfield engine Henderson has come into his own this season, adding game changing goals and assists to his bow, and looks a certainty to take over as Liverpool skipper in summer.

Central midfield: Santi Cazorla
Cazorla has illustrated the ability to reinvent himself in a deeper position, where the playmaker has excelled and continues to control games for Arsenal, pulling the strings with style and aplomb.

Right wing: Raheem Sterling
This tricky attacker can play anywhere along the frontline and has clearly been one of Liverpool and England’s key players this campaign. The sky is the limit for Golden Boy Sterling, who is 9/1 with William Hill to net first.

Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho
An Anfield sensation this season, Coutinho still has room to grow, but has already racked up four league goals and as many assists this season, proving influential in crunch clashes.

Left wing: Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez has made an explosive arrival in England, with his magic mix of strength, skill and spirit adding a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack.

Centre forward: Olivier Giroud
It’s hard to argue with cold, hard stats and goal machine Giroud (9/2 with Bet365 to bag the opener) has grabbed 13 goals in 19 league outings this season, with six in his last five hinting at a profitable purple patch.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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