Nabil Bentaleb, not Harry Kane, Tottenham’s hero in Arsenal victory

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Algerian midfielder returned to the White Hart Lane fold and dominated the centre of the park.

Harry Kane is rightly being lauded in the press today after two well-taken goals to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the North London derby yesterday.

However, despite the England under-21 striker getting the goals to secure the three points, the importance of Nabil Bentaleb’s return to the Spurs team should not overlooked.

The White Hart Lane side have been without their youth-team graduate for a number of games due to his participation at the African Cup of Nations, with question marks over whether or not he would play against the Gunners after a busy couple of weeks.

The Algerian midfielder was reunited with Ryan Mason in the centre of the park for the hosts and played a key part in breaking up the opposition possession.

Bentaleb’s passion and will to win spurred on the rest of the team, while the African was central in making a number of timely interceptions, tackles and clearances.

To round off a commanding performance, the 20-year-old put in an inch-perfect cross to allow Kane to head home the decisive goal and grant Spurs victory over their local rivals.

Bentaleb’s partnership with Mason and presence in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s team is now critical to the side’s chances of finishing in the top four this year.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch