Photo: Spurs trio heading into changing room, including Nabil Bentaleb

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to face Arsenal at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur trio Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend have been photographed ahead of the North London derby this afternoon in a picture posted by the club's official Twitter account.

The trio were snapped heading back into the changing room with the vital encounter against Arsenal drawing ever closer.

Bentaleb’s return is particularly good news for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as he now has a full quota of players to choose from.

The midfielder had been on international duty for Algeria but his country’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations means he is back after missing Spurs' last three Premier League matches.

He was unavailable for the wins against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion and the defeat to Crystal Palace, but now he is back and could prove vital in an encounter that would see Tottenham climb above Arsenal in the league were they to win.

Whatever happens this afternoon, expect it to be full of drama and excitement, with little to choose between the two sides, with both enjoying fine campaigns to date.

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