Simon Mignolet: No legitimate arguments here, surely.
Mamadou Sakho: Comfortable on the ball, underrated in terms of technique and passing, and boasting pace, physicality and aerial ability in abundance, Sakho will blossom into one of the Premier League’s finest centre-backs in due course.
Steven Gerrard: Just shades Mathieu Flamini here, simply because Gerrard has a few things in his locker than no one else across the two squads can offer: game-changing set-piece ability, an eye for the most outrageous passes, and a deadly finish from 12 yards.
Jordan Henderson: A well-deserved place in the squad for Henderson, who has transformed from a timid youngster unsure of his place at Anfield to a confident leader from the front and almost a complete midfielder—minus the finish.
Raheem Sterling: It would be unfair to give Sterling his place simply because Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been injured for most of the season. Sterling has picked up, and improved, on his debut season form, and has matured into one of the most complete wingers in the league.
Theo Walcott: Sterling and Walcott on the same bench? Despite their reputations, they are actually quite different players. What Sterling offers in all-roundedness, Walcott matches with his game-changing pace and improved finishing ability.
Olivier Giroud: One of the Premier League’s most complete strikers when on form, Giroud’s goals haven’t hit the headlines as frequently of late, but he’s far from your typical predatory forward: He’s the key that makes the Arsenal machine tick.