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London duo pick up Player and Manager of the Month awards

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Fulham boss Roy Hodgson have been named Barclays player and manager of the month for October respectively. The Dutchman has scooped the award for a month that saw the 26-year old score five goals and set up another two as the Gunners went through the month unbeaten.

This is the second time that he has won the award, having previously claimed the prize in November 2005.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.

Hodgson picked up October's gaffer gong after guiding the Cottagers through an unbeaten month despite a tricky fixture list.

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