EPL: Ronaldo, Arteta Scoop Monthly Premier League Awards
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for September 2021 after making an instant impact on his return to Manchester United, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
The Portuguese scored three goals in as many Premier League matches after re-joining Man Utd from Juventus.
“Proud to be elected Player of the Month among so many great players in the Premier League,” Ronaldo said on the club’s official website.
“Thanks to all my team-mates at Man Utd, couldn’t have done it without them. Let’s keep working hard and the results will come!”
It is Ronaldo’s fifth Player of the Month award, having won three successive league titles in his first spell at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid in July 2009, and it is his first since March 2008.
That gap of more than 13 years between Player of the Month prizes is the longest in Premier League history.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has been named the September 2021 Barclays Manager of the Month after guiding Arsenal to an impressive turnaround.
Arteta claims the award for the first time after leading the Gunners to victory in all three matches they played in September, following three straight defeats in August.
The Spaniard side picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 home success against Norwich City, and a victory at Burnley by the same scoreline followed.
Then Arsenal went 3-0 up in a dazzling first-half display on their way to a 3-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium.
“It’s a great feeling, it means we went on a good run and won matches,” Arteta says. “But for me it’s much more than that. It’s about the people involved, the people who work with me and how grateful I am to have them.
“The level of trust, implication and passion that they show working alongside me every day, that gives me the strength and then the belief in the players that they can do it, and that they are good enough to win matches and that we believe in them.”