On the Ball: There is method to Mikel Arteta's creative deviations at Arsenal

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2020, with the headline 'There is method to Arteta's creative deviations'. Print Edition | Subscribe