Hazard, Gundogan, Coutinho nominated for PL Player of the Month, but Arsenal overlooked

N’Golo Kante, Diego Costa, Tom Heaton and Joe Allen are also vying for the honour of being named the top-flight’s best performer throughout October

Chelsea’s fine form throughout October, which saw them collect four successive victories without conceding a goal, has been rewarded with three nominees on the Premier League Player of the Month shortlist.

N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are all in the running – with Hazard and Costa netting three goals apiece, while Kante continued to dominate midfield and opened his Blues account with a fine finish in a 4-0 mauling of Manchester United.

‘Arsenal are the best team in London’

Table-topping Manchester City are also recognised, with Ilkay Gundogan playing himself into form towards the end of the month, while Liverpool – who sit alongside City at the summit – will be hoping to see Philippe Countinho walk away with the award.

Arsenal, the other side on 23 points, have been surprisingly overlooked – despite being unbeaten since August – but Arsene Wenger may feel that is a reflection of his side working well as a collective, rather than relying on certain individuals.

Elsewhere, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton – who rounded off October with an inspired showing at Old Trafford against Manchester United – and Stoke midfielder Joe Allen – who has enjoyed a remarkable goalscoring run of late – complete the runners and riders.

Ladies and gentlemen, your October @EASPORTSFIFA Player of the Month candidates!

Vote here https://t.co/8gYSEhFLpG pic.twitter.com/WCp8iRBfjU

— Premier League (@premierleague) November 4, 2016

Due to the upcoming international break, the winner of the monthly prize will be announced on Friday November 18.

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