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Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka wins first-ever Player of the Month award as Mikel Arteta bags MOTM for fourth time

Arsenal attacker Bukayo Saka has emerged as the official Premier League Player of the Month for March.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta also scooped the Manager of the Month award for the fourth time.

The Spaniard won the gong in August, November/December and January.

He led Arsenal to four wins in as many games in March to consolidate his side’s position at the top of the table.

The north London club are eight points clear of closest challengers Manchester City after 28 games.

They won 4-0 against Everton and came from behind to secure a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth.

Arsenal then strolled to 3-0 and 4-1 wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace, respectively.

Arteta is just one MOTM accolade away from equalling Jurgen Klopp’s record of five awards in a single campaign, set in 2019-20.

He pipped Roberto De Zerbi, Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola to the award after public votes were combined with those of a panel of experts.

Most importantly, the Arsenal boss will be keen to lead his side to a first title since 2004.

The Gunners have relied on the brilliance of Saka, who bagged three goals and two assists in four league games in March.

It is the first time the 21-year-old is picking up the prize since turning professional.

Saka scored and assisted against the Toffees before bagging a brace and an assist against the Eagles.

He won the award ahead of Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Alexis Mac Allister, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and teammate Leandro Trossard.

Saka has bagged 12 goals and ten assists in 28 league games.

He could win several Player of the Season awards if Arsenal win the title.

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