Arsenal's impressive form in October has been rewarded after Arsene Wenger won the Barclays' Manager of the Month award.
The Gunners were imperious, taking maximum points from their four matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one. It is only the second time Wenger has won the award since September 2013.
The Emirates club started off the month with an emphatic 3-0 win over Manchester United before repeating the scoreline against Watford.
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Their only goal against came in the 2-1 home win over Everton, while they capped off a fine 31 days with another three-goal win against Swansea City.
Arsenal's form has made them serious title contenders and the Gunners sit level on points with league leaders Manchester City.
Despite their good run of form, a depleted Gunners side were lucky to escape the Emirates with a draw on Sunday after Tottenham dominated proceedings in the North London derby.
Arsene Wenger was without seven first-team players for the derby and that fact could come back to bite them in the long run.
Their matchday squad was threadbare last weekend and Per Mertesacker admitted his side looked 'knackered'.
With the festive period approaching, the games are coming thick and fast, and could potential derail Arsenal's season if Wenger does not manage his squad properly.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are set to return after the international break.
But their French manager is sure to have his fingers crossed whenever one of his stars takes to the field over the coming fortnight.
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