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Premier League announce Player, Manager & Goal of the Month for December

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The Premier League awards for the best player, manager, and goal have been announced for the month of December 2021.

Player of the Month – Raheem Sterling

The 27-year-old Manchester City forward has won his third Premier League Player of the Month award and his first since November 2018.

In December, Raheem Sterling managed five goals and one assist in five games. He also became the 32nd player in the league’s history to score 100 goals by netting a match-winning penalty against Wolves.

Sterling topped a seven-man shortlist that included City teammate Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Martin Odegaard (Arsenal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), James Maddison (Leicester City), and Son Heung-min (Tottenham).

Manager of the Month – Pep Guardiola

The 50-year-old Catalan has won the Premier League Manager of the Month for the 11th time in his career. He has now surpassed West Ham boss David Moyes as the coach with the third-highest number of awards in the league’s history. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (27) and Arsene Wenger (15) have claimed the prize on more occasions.

Pep Guardiola made it back-to-back awards for December by leading Manchester City to seven wins out of seven. They beat Aston Villa 2-1, Watford 3-1, Wolves 1-0, Leeds 7-0, Newcastle 4-0, Leicester 6-3, and Brentford 1-0.

As a result, Guardiola’s side ended the month with an eight-point lead at the top of the league table.

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) Antonio Conte (Tottenham), and Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) were also nominated for the manager’s award.

Goal of the Month – Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman has become the first Arsenal player to win the Premier League’s Goal of the Month since Aaron Ramsey in October 2018.

Alexandre Lacazette won the December 2021 edition by finishing a superb team move in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale started the move before the ball was exchanged between Ben White, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, and Takehiro Tomiyasu before Bukayo Saka set up Lacazette for a fine finish.

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