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Arsenal duo Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey won the Premier League’s Player and Manager of the Month awards for September.
Wales midfielder Ramsey has been in sparkling form, scoring four goals in September, while Wenger has defied his critics by leading Arsenal to the top of the table as they won every game over the course of the month.
However, the Frenchman is keen to play down expectations, with his side ahead of Liverpool on goal difference alone heading into the international break.
“People ask if this team can be as good as my best Arsenal side, but I had a group here a few years ago that went 49 games unbeaten in the Premier League,” Wenger said. “We have only played seven games of this season, so let’s not get carried away.”
The Gunners boss was keen to give credit to Ramsey, who had for a long time struggled to produce his best form after he suffered serious injury in February 2010.
“Aaron has matured and we are seeing the results of his obsession to always make himself better,” he said. “In the past, we always saw him getting into good positions in the box and not quite scoring, but he has moved his game on now.
“He had a difficult period in the middle of last season when people became impatient with him and he lost confidence, but I never lost faith in him and we can see what he is producing now.”
Arsenal celebrated their double award with a post on the club's official Twitter account.