Mikel Arteta has been nominated for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award, after a strong resurgence for his side in January.

Arsenal deals: Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) gets instructions from Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) as he comes on as a substitute during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal deals: Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) gets instructions from Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) as he comes on as a substitute during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

The Premier League announced their four nominees for January’s Manager of the Month award on Friday, with Mikel Arteta featuring on the list. The Arsenal manager joins Pep Guardiola, David Moyes, and Graham Potter. You can vote here.

Guardiola was certainly the most successful in January, winning all six games, but Arteta’s achievements were perhaps more impressive in context.

Arsenal hadn’t won more than two Premier League games in a month all season, and they sat firmly in the bottom half of the table.

After an unbeaten month, three wins and two draws, including 10 goals scored and just one conceded, they entered the top half.

David Moyes’ West Ham side picked up one more point than Arteta, but again, they started in a stronger position. They also finished the month with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Graham Potter’s Brighton have been underperforming statistically for a while now, so it was perhaps no surprise to see them picking up a couple of results in January.

Potter had the worst record of the four managers, but he deserves credit for dragging his side clear of the relegation zone.

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