7-1 thrashing, 5-2 romp, but dumped out the cups - last time Wenger was manager of the month

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has won the Premier League accolade for the first time since February 2012.

When it comes to Premier League Manager of the Month awards only one man has won it more than Arsene Wenger. His 15 awards sit behind Sir Alex Ferguson only, the former Manchester United supremo on a whopping 27 wins.

So it may come as something of a surprise to hear that his award for September, was his first since February 2012.

February 2012 was a mixed one for the club. They were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sunderland and thrashed 4-0 by AC Milan in the Champions League.

But their Premier League form was exemplary.

A 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers on the 1st of the month were the only points the club dropped in the month. They beat Blackburn Rovers 7-1 on the 4th, Sunderland 2-1 on the 11th and Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 on the 26th … so it was a very impressive month indeed.

The Blackburn result was certainly a stand-out performance - with Robin van Persie bagging a hat-trick and Thierry Henry among the scorers, on loan from New York Red Bulls.

But the result that will live longest in the memory will be the 5-2 win in the North London derby. Tottenham of course went 2-0 up after 35 minutes with goals from Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor leaving heads in hands around The Emirates.

However, goals from Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and a double from Theo Walcott secured a memorable 5-2 win.

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But of course, despite the excellent form in the league, the club were effectively dumped out of two cup competitions alongside it - which is of course what Arsenal fans crave, silverware.

Sunderland picked them apart in the FA Cup while the 4-0 defeat in the San Siro, which was a truly atrocious performance on an even more appalling and overgrown football pitch, effectively dumped them out of the Champions League - despite a brave fight-back in the return leg.

So while winning accolades such as the Manager of the Month award may be a signal of approval, but nobody remembers it compared to silverware - which the last time Wenger won this award slipped through their fingers for another year.

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