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Friday 02 March 2012

Wenger and Odemwingie win Barclays awards

February achievements of Arsenal boss and West Brom striker recognised by Barclays

Arsene Wenger has won Barclays Manager of the Month for the 12th time

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie have been named as the Barclays Manager and Player of the Month for February.

Wenger was rewarded for an excellent month in the Barclays Premier League during which the free-scoring Gunners were unbeaten.

After securing a point away to Bolton Wanderers at the start of the month, Wenger's men romped to a 7-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium - with Robin van Persie scoring a hat-trick, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netting two and Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta finding the net.

A trip to in-form Sunderland saw Wenger’s side take another three points, as Gunners legend Henry secured the vital victory with a 90th-minute goal in the final domestic match of his loan spell.

Arsenal finished the month with a thrilling 5-2 victory over their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.  Having trailed 2-0 the first half, goals from Bacary Sagna, van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and a brace from Theo Walcott secured the win.

Wenger receives the Barclays Manager of the Month award for the 12th time in his career.

Odemwingie form

West Brom striker Odemwingie was recognised for his fantastic recent form - the third time the Nigerian has won the award.

Odemwingie hit a hat-trick in his team’s impressive 5-1 win away to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers - Albion’s fifth win at Molineux in their last seven visits.

He also scored two goals in West Brom’s 4-0 home win against Martin O’Neill’s in-form Sunderland.

Odemwingie established himself as a huge fans’ favourite in his debut season with West Brom and has been a key figure in Roy Hodgson’s side ever since.

The decisions were made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal unbeaten in Barclays Premier League during February
  • Wenger picks up award for 12th time in his career
  • Odemwingie scored five goals during the month for West Brom