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Arteta wins EPL Manager of the month award, makes Arsenal history

ARSENAL manager Mikel Arteta has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January, making history in the process.

The Spaniard has won the award back-to-back after claiming the prize for January. It is his fifth time overall.

He also won it in August, making him the first Arsenal manager in Premier League history to claim the prize three times in one season.

Arteta guided the Premier League leaders to seven points from three matches, all of which were against title rivals, to maintain Arsenal’s push for a first Premier League Trophy since 2003/04.

After a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United, Arteta led Arsenal to their first win at Tottenham Hotspur since 2014 before ending January with a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester United.

The result extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 13 matches, their longest streak in the Premier League for five years.

“After the World Cup break, you have certain questions: how is the team going to react, are we ready and have we lost that momentum?” Arteta told the Arsenal’s official website.

“I don’t think we did, I think we used that time really well.

“It’s difficult to choose the best moment because we had some big ones, but obviously the game that we won away at Spurs was a key one.”

Arteta is the first manager to win the award in successive months since Pep Guardiola did so in November and December of 2021.

The 40-year-old Spaniard beat fellow nominees Steve Cooper, Roberto De Zerbi, Unai Emery and Thomas Frank after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts.

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