Arsene Wenger and Jamie Vardy have been awarded the Premier League Manager and Player of the month awards for October.
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Wenger, 66, led Arsenal to four-straight PL wins in October as the Gunners sit joint-top of the table with a third of the season in the books. Arsenal are unbeaten in six PL games in total, winning five and drawing the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
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As for the player of the month, Leicester City’s Vardy, 28, kept his remarkable run going as he scored five goals in four games in October. He has also scored in nine consecutive PL games and if he scores in his next match he will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight games. Vardy has 12 goals in 12 PL appearances and the English striker has helped the Foxes to a remarkable start which has seen them rise to third in the table. He is currently the top scorer in the top five European leagues, ahead of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski to name a few.
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Wenger’s award is his 15th manager of the month gong in his 19 season in charge of Arsenal, while Vardy becomes the first Leicester player since 2000 (Tim Flowers) to win a PL player of the month award.
Olivier Giroud is currently the deadliest striker in the Premier League, and his quick strike-rate earns the Frenchman Player of the Month honors for March.
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Giroud scored five goals in four league matches in March, as well as scoring for France over the international break and in the Gunners first match of April. That gives the striker 14 league goals in 21 appearances, averaging 0.87 goals per 90 minutes, which is tops in the league above Diego Costa (0.84), Papiss Cisse (0.82) and Harry Kane (0.73). Those rates exclude goals coming from the penalty spot, showing how efficient Giroud has been for Arsenal.
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As Giroud has found his form so have Arsenal, as the Gunners have won eight straight in the league and 11 of their last 12. The run has led Arsenal to second place in the league, although still seven points behind Chelsea. Arsene Wenger will need Giroud to continue to perform with an FA Cup semifinal against Reading coming up, as well as massive matches in the league against Chelsea and Manchester United, which could be crucial to Arsenal’s final standing on the table.
When you’ve started the season on pace to score almost 67 goals, there’s a good chance you’re going to receive some honors.
And if you’re Diego Costa, you’re likely loving life in London as Premier League player of the month.
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It’s been clinical: a goal at Burnley to open his Premier League existence, another in his Stamford Bridge debut (a 2-0 win over Leicester). How did Costa follow it up? Two against Everton and three beat Swansea.
So, yes, you’re Premier League player of the month to start this season is Diego Costa.