Ian Wright says only one Arsenal player is deserving of a place in a combined ‘Southern XI’, whilst picking nine from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
On Monday, Romelu Lukaku suggested the Premier League implement an all-star game, with the North facing up against the South. The NBA hold one annually across the Atlantic, and the Manchester United striker thinks football in England should follow suit.
Wright put together his southern team, using only players from clubs in the South of England. He found a spot for Mesut Özil, saying: “Özil in that team would be wonderful because he’s got brilliant players around him.”
The German was the only Arsenal player he selected though. Here is the full team:
1. Thibaut Courtois
2. Cedric Soares
3. Cesar Azpilicueta
4. Toby Alderweireld
5. Marcos Alonso
6. Mousa Dembele
7. N’Golo Kante
8. Mesut Özil
9. Eden Hazard
11. Harry Kane
In fairness, it’s hard to argue that the legend should include many other Arsenal players on current form. No one is really performing to their level.
At their best, you’d expect Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey to push for a spot. Potentially Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin as well. We just haven’t seen their best for too long.