Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for August following an exceptional start to the campaign.
The Gunners were handed a winnable schedule on paper last month, but they faced the likes of Crystal Palace and Leicester City, who had been troublesome for them in the past.
Despite this, the players stood up to the challenge to win their opening five games in August. It was more of a team effort with almost everyone contributing to the perfect run.
It is no surprise that Arteta has now been named August’s Manager of the Month.
The Gunners have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season in 18 years, but there is still plenty of work to do if the club are to qualify for the Champions League.
A title race is very much on with the club top of the standings, but they should not get carried. The 3-1 defeat to Manchester United earlier this month provided a reality check.
The north London giants were outsmarted by the Red Devils on the counter-attack, and there will be teams across the league that may deploy a similar tactic in future.
Arsenal currently have a slender one-point lead at the top of the table. They have the opportunity to sustain the advantage in Sunday’s mid-day kick-off at London rivals Brentford.
The Gunners had a tough beginning to last season at Brentford’s home ground and Arteta will be hoping that the current team can make amends with another strong performance.
Ahead of the derby, the club may have suffered a minor setback. Oleksandr Zinchenko seems to have suffered a fresh calf injury which has kept him out of international selection.
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