On The Ball

There is method to Mikel Arteta's creative madness at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has an intellectual's curiosity to experiment, but there is rationale behind his deviations.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON - For some managers, the guessing game ends about 75 minutes before kick-off. They receive the opposition's team sheet and the questions are answered. Not for Brendan Rodgers tonight.

Particularly in his younger days, the Leicester manager was noted for unexpected choices. Now the mantle of the most unpredictable man in the dugout may have been appropriated by Mikel Arteta. Few surprise more with their selections.

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