Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been named the Premier League manager of the
month for September. The Gunners suffered a defeat on the opening day of the
season at Brentford, followed by a loss to Chelsea at home and a 5-0 thrashing at
Arteta scoop 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.
“It’s a great feeling, it means we went on a good run and won matches,” Arteta says.
“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.”
On the club’s home win against Spurs, he adds: “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.’ ”
The 39-year-old topped a five-man shortlist, beating Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp,
Graham Potter and Dean Smith after votes from the public were combined with those
of a panel of football experts. He is the first Arsenal manager to claim the award since
Arsene Wenger six years ago.