October’s Premier League Player of the Month award went to the top scorer for the month: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international beat fellow forwards Callum Wilson and Anthony Martial to the award, with Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, Fernandinho and a revitalised Ross Barkley also in the running.
In a reduced Premier League schedule sandwiched around another international break, Aubameyang’s five goals in three appearances accounted for 50 per cent of Arsenal’s total league goals for the month despite him starting two of those three games on the substitutes’ bench. The 29-year-old’s impact in the final third earned his side an extra three points from the month, and took his tally for Arsenal to 17 league goals in 25 appearances since joining in January. He is the first Arsenal player to be named Player of the Month since Olivier Giroud in March 2015.