It has been a mixed year for London’s football clubs, who have, of course, faced a unique set of circumstances, with a global football shutdown and now months of playing behind-closed-doors.
The two sides’ fortunes have contrasted since, however, with the Blues’ summer spending pushing them into title contention while the Gunners could face a relegation scrap.
Our writers have chosen their best London-based XIs of 2020…
(4-3-3): Białkowski; James, Ogbonna, Thiago, Saka; Rice, Mount, Kante; Son, Aubameyang, Kane.
None of the top-flight goalkeepers have made a compelling case for inclusion but Millwall’s Bartosz Białkowski has consistently been one of the best stoppers in the Championship and repeatedly saved the Lions.
Picking the defenders was tough, given how poor Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have been at times, but Reece James and Angelo Ogbonna have been consistently good, while Thiago Silva wins a spot for his transformative impact on the Blues. Bukayo Saka is shoehorned in at left-back but deserves a spot for a breakthrough year.