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Last Updated: Friday, 12 September, 2003, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Wenger wins award
Arsene Wenger poses with the manager of the month award for May
Wenger has guided Arsenal to a flying start
Arsene Wenger has been rewarded for Arsenal's impressive start to the Premiership season with the Barclaycard Manager of the Month award for August.

Arsenal are the only side left in England with a 100% league record this season, with Wenger guiding the Gunners to four straight wins in August.

It is the best start Arsenal have made since they won six games in a row 56 years ago.

The Barclaycard Awards Panel said: "Despite the focus of attention on their west London neighbours, Arsene Wenger has shown the usual gritty determination to leave others in his wake in August.

"There have been two big summer signings at Arsenal, re-negotiating contracts with Pires and Vieira. That done, things look very promising for the long season ahead."

Turkey trip

Meanwhile, Wenger admitted he has no concerns about his England players travelling to Turkey for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier.

England's stars, including Gunners Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole, are expected to be under 24-hour security surveillance during their trip to Istanbul next month.

"I think a part of being a player is being brave," Wenger told BBC London 94.9 radio station.

"I think the security is just a reality that Uefa has to face. It's not war, it's football.

"The more you make out of it before, the more chance there is of creating unrest.

"I've played many times in Turkey without any problems. "




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