Mikel Arteta wins Premier League Manager of the Month for March
Mikel Arteta has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for a near-perfect walk for his Arsenal side.
The Gunners have shown excellent consistency over the past few months to claim pole position for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
Arsenal started March by beating Watford 3-2 before a more straightforward 2-0 success against Leicester. They were beaten at home by Liverpool but bounced back to win at Aston Villa 1-0.
It was the first time in seven years that Arsenal had won five consecutive Premier League away matches. They could make it six with a win at Crystal Palace on Monday night.
It’s the second time this season that Arteta has won the award, with his first return in September.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League, three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham with one game less. However, the two teams could be level on points by the time the Gunners travel to Selhurst Park on Monday night, with Spurs hosting Newcastle on Sunday.
The Gunners’ recent results still make them favorites for a top four finish. Since a disappointing start to 2022, Arteta’s side have won six of their last seven league matches, often taking victories by a one-goal margin.
Their season break-in will be fascinating. Arsenal still have to face Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham, but with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli all fit, Arteta will be confident of getting enough points to crack the top four.
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