Mikel Arteta Wins Premier League Manager of the Month (Sept) Award
Mikel Arteta beat Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to win the Premier League manager of the month award for September.
After losing their first three Premier League games in August to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, Arteta’s side showed a drastic improvement in September by beating Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham.
The Gunners were the only team in the Premier League to win all three matches in September and Arteta has now won the division’s manager of the month award for the first time in his career.
Guardiola, Klopp, Brighton manager Graham Potter and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith were the other candidates on the five-man shortlist.
‘It’s a great feeling, it means we went on a good run and won matches,’ Arteta said.
‘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.’
Speaking about Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham in the north London derby, Arteta said: ‘I said it after the game, it’s the best atmosphere I’ve seen at the Emirates.
‘It was electric, it was real, it was honest and it was a real sense of chemistry between our supporters and the team.
‘And it was the perfect day to thank them.
‘A few weeks earlier when we were under adversity and criticism they really stood for the team and it was a way for the team to say, ‘Thank you, you are a big part of our time and we need you, and when you are alongside us look at what we can do.”