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14 May 2002

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger picked up two more honours on Monday night after being recognised for his achievements at the annual League Managers Association dinner in Nottingham.

Wenger received the most prestigious prize of the evening, the LMA Manager of the Year award, which is chosen by the managers in every division. He was named Barclaycard Premiership Manager of the Year by a Barclaycard panel, having capture the league title, as well as the FA Cup, for a second time.

The Gunners supremo was presented his awards via a live satellite link from Highbury, where he was present at Tony Adams' testimonial match with Celtic.

The Barclaycard awards panel said of Wenger: "It has been one of the tightest, most exciting seasons since the Premiership's formation and it was always going to take a special type of manager to win it.

"Arsene Wenger has brought in some of the world's greatest players and produced a team worthy of the name Barclaycard Premiership champions.

"The only question is whether any team will be strong enough to topple the new title holders next season."

The Arsenal midfielder, Sweden international Freddie Ljungberg, picked up the Barclaycard Player of the Year accolade for his incredible contribution to the Gunners' season while French striker Thierry Henry was the Golden Boot winner after notching 24 Premiership goals in the season.

Another significant honour went to Bobby Robson, the Newcastle United manager. Robson was given Barclaycard's Merit Award for his achievements in guiding the Tyneside club from the brink of a relegation battle to the UEFA Champions League in less than two seasons.

Although the 69-year-old was not present to receive the award - which was collected by Sir Alex Ferguson on his behalf - he passed on his gratitude and his best wishes to everyone present at the LMA's Tenth Annual dinner.

Arsène Wenger OBE

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