Manchester City Vs Arsenal: Combined starting 11

Today sees league leaders Manchester City host Arsenal in what teases to be a fantastic game of flowing football.

Pep Guardiola's side are sweeping aside all before them this season, and the Gunners have started to find a bit of rhythm after a rocky start.

There will be a plethora of top class stars on show at the Etihad, but who makes it into a theoretical combined XI taking into account current form?

GK: Ederson - Man City

Manchester City's Ederson is undoubtedly one of the singings of the season so far, and is a huge reason for the team's drastic defensive improvement.

The 23-year-old oozes confidence between the sticks, and is as fantastic as Claudio Bravo was poor last season.

The pinpoint distributor is having a much better season that Arsenal stopper Petr Cech, who is definitely in decline.

RB: Kyle Walker - Man City

At right-back, Kyle Walker gets the nod over Hector Bellerin, who isn't developing quite as fast as people anticipated.

Walker has gone up another level since his summer move from Tottenham, and is often a man completely forgotten about by opposition defences as they contend with some of City's more obvious attacking threats.

The 27-year-old is arguably the best in the league in his position, and links up effectively with any one of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus or Bernardo Silva down the right flank.

CB: Stones - Man City

John Stones has been a revelation this season at the back for City - much to the relief of a small section of fans who had their doubts over the Englishman.

The ball-playing centre-half has managed to sort out the defensive side of his game, making him the complete backline player.

CB: Otamendi - Man City

The General' is another player who has come on leaps and bounds for the Citizens this season.

Otamendi might have been the player most at risk of losing his place in the starting XI at the start of the season, but he has taken full advantage of Vincent Kompany's injury struggles to establish himself as an indispensable member of the starting XI.

LB: Kolasinac - Arsenal

Sead Kolasinac is in danger of missing the clash on Sunday, but makes it into this combined XI on the basis that he has played near enough every game for the Gunners so far and has been a pillar of consistency.

The big Bosnian is tailor-made for the Premier League - quick and physically-imposing, the 24-year-old can be usually counted on to give the division's best wingers a tough old game.

CDM: Fernandinho - Man City

One of the most underrated players in the Premier League, Fernandinho is so crucial to Manchester City.

He is probably the least glamorous name on this list, but he is the back four's protection and the attack's deep-lying support all rolled into one, and a player of his importance simply cannot be snubbed - the Brazilian is much more effective for City than Granit Xhaka is for Arsenal.

CM: David Silva - Man City

He truly is one of the Premier League's greatest. The meticulous David Silva has gone up another gear this season in Manchester City's midfield, and he is also showing great leadership as captain in the absence of the injured Kompany.

Silva gets the nod over Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, who might have challenged Silva a couple of seasons ago

CM: KDB - Man City

The Belgian is the best player in the Premier League, and like his teammate Silva, has reached another level this season.

The Chelsea 'reject' has been killing it for Guardiola in 2017/18, and is probably the first name on the Spaniard's team sheet.

The Gunners, unfortunately, don't have a player anywhere near his level - De Bruyne's consistent quality where passing, shooting and delivery are concerned really set him apart.

RW: Sterling - Man City

Raheem Sterling has well and truly silenced his critics this season, and equalled his best-ever goals tally for a season with his strike against Napoli in midweek. The England winger now has 11 goals and we're only in November.

The ex-Liverpool man looks so dangerous and direct these days, and his goal involvement stat (G/A every 56 minutes) speaks for itself.

LW: Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal

Sneaking in ahead of Leroy Sane on the left, it's Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. The German may have the stats on his side this season, but the Chilean is world class and probably shouldn't be snubbed.

Sanchez won't be sticking around in the red of Arsenal for much longer, and will likely be looking to use Sunday's game as a come-and-get-me plea to the hosts.

ST: Aguero - Man City

Sergio Aguero, despite the emergence of Gabriel Jesus, is still the main man at the Etihad, which was confirmed on Wednesday night when he took the outright lead as the club's record goalscorer from Erik Brook.

The Argentine ace has been banging in the goals for years, and although the same can be said for Alexandre Lacazette, he's been doing it in a much tougher league.

Aguero has probably been slightly better than the Frenchman in the 2017/18 campaign so far as well, so there is that.

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