From the London Evening Standard
Arsenal cleaned up at the 2023 London Football Awards at the Roundhouse on Monday night.
Martin Odegaard was named Premier League Player of the Year, Mikel Arteta won Manager of the Year and Bukayo Saka took home Young Player of the Year. Aaron Ramsdale was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
Arsenal captain Odegaard won the main award ahead of Saka, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Brentford forward Ivan Toney and Fulham frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“I just want to share this with the whole team”, said Odegaard. “It’s great to see the club being recognised with all the awards. I think it shows how far we’ve come as a club and what we’re doing this year is very special.”
Elsewhere, West Ham legend Mark Noble was given the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to London Football award.
England Women Lionesses were recognised for their Euro 2022 triumph, with Arsenal duo Leah Williamson and Beth Mead receiving the Power of Football Award.
“We’ll continue to do what we’re doing and maybe add another one in the summer!” roared Williamson ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
All income from the night went to the Willow Foundation.
Said Mikel Arteta on arsenal.com,
“I’m very honoured to be part of the Willow Foundation with all the incredible work you’ve been doing for 23 years,” Mikel said.
“In our job, we have the opportunity to make a lot of people happy and improve their lives. Thanks again for being part of that. I would like to thank you for the award – to all my colleagues, all the staff, everybody at the club who inspires and supports me every single day.”
“I think within the team there would have been a lot of worthy winners,” said Martin in his speech. “I just want to share this with the whole team.”
“I want to dedicate [my award] to all the children that are growing up in London with big dreams,” Bukayo added. “I was once in their shoes and it’s always nice to remember that. It always makes winning things like this more special.”
Picture and quotes, arsenal.com