Premier League Manager of the Month | Top 3 nominees
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Ole Gunnar Solskajer (Manchester United), Unai Emery (Arsenal) make the three-man shortlist for the Manager of the Month award, February.
The winner is chosen by a combination of an online public vote, which contributes to 10% of the final tally, and a panel of experts. Sir Alex Ferguson tops the list with 27 awards. Guardiola also makes the top 10 with 5 wins. Solskajer won the award in January with Manchester United, the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson.
Let's take a quick look at the top three nominees for the month of February.
#3 Unai Emery
Arsenal had an unfortunate start to February, losing to Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. This also meant Arsenal dropping to sixth in the league. However, they came back strongly to win 2-1 at Huddersfield Town.
After two away outings, the Gunners were back at the Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 triumph over Southampton and 5-1 victory over Bournemouth. Emery invited criticism when he fielded a 3-4-2-1 against Bournemouth, but it did wonders as the Gunners went on rampage and ended up with a well-deserved victory. Ozil also made a comeback to the squad, making things easy for the Spaniard in-charge.
MCI 3 - 1 ARS
HUD 1 - 2 ARS
ARS 2 - 0 SOU
ARS 5 - 1 BOU
Upcoming EPL Fixtures for Arsenal
Emery has his work cut-out as his team travels to Wembley against their direct rivals Tottenham. A victory for Arsenal would bridge the gap with Tottenham to just 1 point. This would open up the EPL table for the third and the fourth place. After this, they take on the in-form Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.