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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Mancini & Van Persie win monthly awards

Man City manager and Arsenal striker scoop Barclays awards for October

Robin van Persie enjoyed a prolific October, scoring seven times for Arsenal

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has won the Barclays Manager of the Month award for October, with Arsenal striker Robin van Persie netting the player trophy.

City won all four of their Barclays Premier League matches during October, beating Blackburn 4-0, Aston Villa 4-1, Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and then Wolves 3-1.

Mancini, who has won the award once before in December 2010, saw his Man City team move five points clear at the top of the table thanks to their fine performances.

Van Persie drew a blank in his first Barclays Premier League match in October as Arsenal lost at Tottenham, but following an international break he returned in sizzling form with two-goal hauls against Sunderland and Stoke and then a magnificent hat-trick in a 5-3 demolition of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Dutch destroyer's goal tally took him to the top of the scoring charts and he became the first player to reach 10 goals in the race for the Barclays Golden Boot.

Van Persie has won the Barclays Player of the Month award twice before, in November 2005 and October 2009.

The decisions to award Mancini and Van Persie were made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and the fans.

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Key Points

  • Mancini leads City to four successive October victories
  • Van Persie wins after seven goals in four matches
  • Monthly decisions made by the Barclays Awards Panel