OTD Arsene Wenger wins Manager of the Month

Arsene Wenger

On 1 April 1998, Arsene Wenger became the first Arsenal manager to ever win the Premier League Manager of the Month award.

The season after joining Arsenal, Wenger won the Premier League manager of the month for March. He was the Arsenal boss to do so since the award was set in up in August 1993, since Alan Ball won it with Manchester City (1995) and George Graham won it with Leeds (1997).

Arsenal went unbeaten in March. In fact, the only team they dropped points against was West Ham on 2 March, who the Gunners drew against. Other than that, Arsenal beat Wimbledon, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton.

Wenger went on to win the award again the following month after an 100% win rate in the league during.

Arsenal were crowned Premier League champions, beating Manchester United by just one point, and also taking home the FA Cup, beating Newcastle 2-0 in the final.

That year, Wenger won Manager of the Season and World Manager of the Year.