Football managers and players are often heard to say that they are not really interested in any personal accolades, as long as the team is doing well, and it is no different at Arsenal. Just recently we saw Arsene Wenger attempting to play down all the talk about his record of spending 20 years as the manager of Arsenal for instance.
So if all that is true then the Frenchman along with two of the current players will have no problem with the news reported by Sky Sports that none of the three monthly Premier League awards for Septemnber are coming to the Emirates, despite Wenger being up for manager of the months, Theo Walcott being in the frame for player of the month and Granit Xhaka being up for goal of the month for his long range strike against Hull City. Instead the goal award went to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, while the South Korean spud was named best player and Jurgen Klopp the best manager.
I am pretty sure that any and all of this trio of Gunners would have loved to win, but what we really need is to make sure that some awards are coming our way in the future, especially the big one that is the title of champions of England.
In some ways being overlooked for awards is good as it spurs people on to prove themselves once again and I certainly think that this determination to prove people wrong is behind the fantastic form of Walcott this season. Let’s just hope that Theo, Xhaka, Wenger and everyone else at Arsenal pushes on and makes sure that this award blow is not the first of many.