The talented Spurs youngster that Pochettino must select to start against Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur should entrust Nabil Bentaleb to put in a good performance against Arsenal tomorrow.

Tottenham Hotspur star Nabil Bentaleb's affection for the club was obvious through comments on the club's official site earlier this week and suggest that he should start against Arsenal.

Bentaleb has missed nearly a month's worth of football while representing Algeria, but he is back available for selection this weekend.

He should be thrust straight into the action as his statements during his time on international duty prove that he is the sort of character needed in a north London derby. 

Bentaleb missed out on the chance to play in Tottenham's Capital Cup semi-final, but it did not stop him following the match keenly and the emotions that he went through, show his deep-rooted passion for the club. 

“I saw it was 1-0 and I thought ‘okay, we’ve got this’ but then at 2-1 down, I wanted to cry, seriously," he said. 

“I was like a kid looking at the phone and then it came up ‘goal’ but when my phone is locked, it just comes up as an alert across the top. I couldn’t see who had scored! My heart was beating but I pressed it and it was us!"

This passion and hunger will be key for Tottenham when they take on their rivals Arsenal this weekend in what is one of the biggest games the club have faced in recent memory.

Not only are local bragging rights up for grabs, but a win for either side will seriously boost their chances of making it into the top-four this campaign.

The tension and pressure is going to be huge on the players and Spurs need to fill their squad with players that understand the emotion. 

Spurs have spent too long staring up at their rivals in the Premier League table, but they have an opportunity to end that hurt this campaign and Mauricio Pochettino must select a team which will be as determined to pick up a victory as the fans packed inside White Hart Lane. 

Bentaleb's grounding in the academy means that he understands Spurs culture and his desire in the centre of pitch must be utilised on an occasion as big as this. 

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