A big selection dilemma facing Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the North London derby

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino faces a tough challenge deciding whether to pick Mousa Dembele or not.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino's faces a tough selection choice over whether to include Mousa Dembele in his starting line-up against Arsenal.

Spurs take on their north London rivals in one of their biggest matches in recent times, with every decision made by either manager likely to be placed under heavy scrutiny. 

Pochettino admitted that he has struggled to settle upon a starting line-up to London24 this week, as he has every player available for selection, and whether to pick Dembele from the start may be his toughest choice. 

The Belgian international has upped his game in recent weeks playing in a more advanced role and he has given his manager a selection dilemma. 

Dembele started this season as arguably fringe player, but as the rest of the team has raised their standards he has also progressed.

Unfortunately for the Belgian, his optimum form has come in a position where Christian Eriksen, Tottenham's most talented outfield player, also plays and accommodating him could be difficult.

It means that Pochettino faces a huge choice ahead of the weekend and while it is a nice problem to have, it is a decision which he will have to dedicate a lot of time to, considering the impact that it could have on the match and Spurs' season. 

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