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Mikel Arteta: Handling a hatchet man

Playmakers are the target of hatchet men and wind-up merchants across the land.

Restricted by their own limited ability they resort to the dark arts to disrupt the opposition’s creative source.

Their tactics – a potent mix of physical and mental attacks – are designed to throw the playmaker off his game.

It’s not pretty and it’s not nice, but without a strategy for countering these methods, flair players often find themselves heading for an early shower or writhing on the floor in pain.

You need a plan and Arsenal’s midfield maestro Mike Arteta has one. Watch this video and learn from a man who has had to deal with agents of darkness.

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Also see:
Mikel Arteta's guide to mental toughness
Mikel Arteta: Bouncebackability
Mikel Arteta: Making the killer pass
Mikel Arteta: The pressures of a playmaker