Right now Arsene Wenger is probably investing in as many four-leaf clovers, rabbit’s feet and bundles of lucky heather as his league-leading salary will allow having been bestowed with the accursed manager of the month award for September.
However, the Frenchman and those worried about his side’s chances in the Premier League and Champions League (for which they can be backed at 5/1 and 16/1 respectively) needn’t worry about that as the much vaunted curse is largely hokum.
Nine of the last ten managers to win the September award won more matches than they lost in October.
Reading’s Steve Coppell was the only gaffer in the last 10 years to suffer from the mysteriously seldom-striking powers of the well-known hex.
Only four of the bosses to receive recognition lost a match in any competition during the following month, with Claudio Ranieri the sole manager besides the Royals supremo to lose more than once in that period.
Months in which Arsenal have won more games than they lost followed four of Wenger’s last five gongs.
The silver-haired Gunners professor has proved adept at forbidding laurel-resting from his players after award-winning months in the past.
An austere March 2011 in which an FA Cup win over Leyton Orient was their only success was the sole recent occasion his side have suffered a post-award slump.
The Emirates mob have won at least five times across all competitions in three of the five most recent months after Wenger received league recognition.
Post-international break clashes with Norwich and Palace are sure to keep the hoodoo at bay.
The perennially chastised fixture compilers at FA headquarters have dished Arsenal up some particularly palatable games directly after the international break in woeful travelling Norwich and custard-wading starters Crystal Palace.
A home game against Chelsea which could give a Gunners side high on life a chance to earn their manager a second straight prize is next on the league agenda after those tests.