Surely Victor Wanyama must start for Tottenham against Arsenal?

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in...

Tottenham face Arsenal in the second north London derby of the season at Wembley.

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur is shown a yellow card by referee Stuart Attwell during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at...

Mauricio Pochettino is a difficult position. The Tottenham Hotspur manager will have been desperate to rest a number of his Spurs stars for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Juventus, but he simply cannot.

That is because Spurs face arch enemies Arsenal in the second north London derby of the season at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime, in what could prove to a be a crucial game at the end of the season.

He needs to use his players carefully, taking into account the requirements of both matches. Arsenal prove to offer a different mountain to climb than Juventus, in what will prove to be a feisty affair.

Joss Labadie of Newport County tackles Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at Wembley...

Ball-playing midfielders are required against Juventus, in order to keep possession away from midfield maestros such as Juventus stars Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic and Claudio Marchisio.

But against Arsenal, in what will be a tough, physical match due to the nature of the derby, Tottenham need a steeliness in the middle of the park. With confidence high, Pochettino must start Victor Wanyama.

The 26-year-old will still be revelling in confidence after his wondergoal against Liverpool last week, that saw him fire a first-time bullet into the back of the net after the Reds failed to clear their lines.

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on...

Known for his physical prowess and aerial ability, Wanyama's ability to put his body where it hurts will give Spurs the edge in a midfield battle against midfielders known more for their ability on the ball in Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.

Kenya captain Wanyama seems to be back to his best after recovering from a knee injury that has limited him to just 177 minutes of Premier League football this season.

Spurs have an excellent chance to finish the weekend in the Premier League's top four if they beat Arsenal, and starting former Southampton midfielder Wanyama will give them the best chance of doing just that.

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