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JUST IN: Arteta wins English Premier League manager award for September

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The English Premier League (EPL) has named Arsenal Football Club manager, Mikel Arteta, as the September 2021 Barclays Manager of the Month after guiding Arsenal to an impressive turnaround during the period.

EPL picked the Arsenal manager ahead of four other managers after helping the club bounce back in style, defeating Norwich, Burnley, and then Tottenham in the north London derby.

Other managers dropped for Arteta were Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Graham Potter (Brighton), and Dean Smith (Aston Villa).

Arteta claims the award for the first time after leading the Gunners to victory in all three matches they played in September, following three straight defeats in August.

The club, under the tutelage of the Spaniard, picked up its first win of the season with a 1-0 home success against Norwich City, and a victory at Burnley by the same scoreline followed.

Then Arsenal went 3-0 up in a dazzling first-half display on their way to a 3-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Speaking on the achievement, Arteta stated that the award does not belong to him but to the players and other members of the technical crew that have worked effectively to ensure that the team returns to winning ways.

The manager said: “It’s a great feeling, it means we went on a good run and won matches. But for me, it’s much more than that. It’s about the people involved, the people who work with me, and how grateful I am to have them.

“The level of trust, implication, and passion that they show working alongside me every day, that gives me the strength and then the belief in the players that they can do it, and that they are good enough to win matches and that we believe in them”.

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