Barely two days after Mikel Arteta guided Arsenal to an eighth-place finish in the English Premier League, the Spaniard has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for May.

Arteta masterminded a momentous finish to an otherwise disastrous season, winning all the final five matches to miss European football by one place.

Arsenal kicked off the month of May with a 2-0 win at Newcastle United, then a 3-1 win that relegated West Brom followed by back-to-back London derby wins on the road ( 1-0 at Chelsea and 3-1 at Crystal Palace) before winning 2-0 win at home to Brighton on the final day of the season.

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Emile Smith-Rowe was on target as Arsenal won 1-0 at Chelsea on their way to a perfect domestic record in May. PHOTO/COURTESY

The former Manchester City assistant manager has been nominated alongside Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes of West Ham and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp who miraculously guided the Reds to a third-place finish and Champions League football despite being way off as the end of season drew closer.

An otherwise successful May for Arsenal was spoilt by Europa League semifinal exit at the hands of La Liga side Villarreal which is coached by Arteta’s predecessor and compatriot Unai Emery.

An eighth-place finish condemned Arsenal to a first season out of European football for the first time in 25 years.

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