Mikel Arteta has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for January, his second consecutive award and third of the season.
Arteta had already won the Manager of the Month award twice this season, first in August and then the combined November/December award.
This latest win gives Arteta his third of the five monthly awards handed out to Premier League managers this season.
Once again, Arteta’s nomination was well earned, leading Arsenal to victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United after a draw against high-flying Newcastle United.
To play three of the top-five teams consecutively and pick up seven points is an impressive feat, and it kept Arsenal clear at the top of the table.
Arteta now draws level with Carlo Ancelotti, Eddie Howe, Kevin Keegan, and Claudio Ranieri in having won five Premier League Manager of the Month awards, leaving behind Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini, and Mauricio Pochettino on four – among others.
One more would take him into the top 10, but he’s still a long way off Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 27 wins.
Of current Premier League managers, Pep Guardiola leads the way with 11 wins, followed by David Moyes (10), and Jurgen Klopp (9).