Mikel Arteta and Erling Haaland have won the Premier League Manager and Player of the Month award for August 2022.
The duo of Arsenal FC and Manchester City respectively won prizes after a beautiful outing in August.
While Arteta led his north London side to a five-game win in the league, Haaland scored nine goals in five games as Guardiola’s men started their title defense.
Arteta saw off competition from Tottenham’s Antonio Conte; Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, Marco Silva of Everton and new Chelsea boss Graham Potter who was formerly of Brighton and Hove Albion.
“We won all five games in August, scored 13 goals and conceded just four. Our manager led us to victory against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa, finishing the month at the top of the table,” he wrote. Arsenal FC after the Spaniard took the prize.
“Mikel is our second manager to win his first five games of a Premier League season. Arsene Wenger set this record in two consecutive seasons during our 2003/04 Invincibles era.”
Meanwhile, Haaland, who came to City from Borussia Dortmund, beat competition from the likes of Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to win the award.
According to Opta, only former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has scored more goals in one month in the Premier League, with 10 goals in December 2013.
“I am delighted to win this award for the first time – it was an incredible start to the season for the team and I am grateful to everyone who voted,” Haaland said in a statement.
“We all wanted to get off the ground this season, so winning four out of five games was a great start for us in what is the most challenging competition in the world. I’m glad I played my part by scoring goals.
“Hopefully I can continue to support the team… and continue our strong start to the season.”
City are second in the standings after six games with 14 points, one behind leaders Arsenal. On Saturday they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers.