Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette tipped to win the 2018/19 Golden Boot award

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette tipped to win the 2018/19 Golden Boot award

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been backed to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer this season by former Gunners forward Charlie Nicholas.

The Frenchman is about to embark on his second season at the club having initially joined from Lyon last summer.

Last year, Lacazette finished as the Gunners’ top scorer in the Premier League, with 14 goals, but did struggle to hit any sustained form while also going eight games without scoring over the Christmas period.

But former Arsenal forward-turned-Sky Sports pundit Nicholas, believes Lacazette can push on to beat the likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

“Kane will be there, Sergio Aguero – if he stays fit – will be there and Gabriel Jesus, by virtue of playing for Manchester City, should be too, but Mo Salah and Romelu Lukaku will be in contention again,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“However, I’m going to look towards my old side and I fancy Lacazette at a decent price as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will create more space for him.

“They might take turns up front in some away games but I generally see them starting together and Lacazette is the better technical player, so he’s my each-way bet. Though he’s likely to be in the mix I can’t honestly see Salah having the same season again.”

Last season Salah pipped Kane to the award after netting 32 goals for Liverpool in his first year at the club.

Lacazette is expected to lead the line for Arsenal next season under new head coach Unai Emery with Aubameyang operating in a wider role with the ability to cut inside, as shown during their pre-season matches.

The Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign in the hardest possible way, facing defending-champions Manchester City on August 12.

Lacazette’s Premier League goal prowess

Scoring 14 Premier League goals for Arsenal last season, Lacazette finished four clear of his closest rival at the club, Aubameyang, who scored an impressive 10 since joining in January.

Lacazette’s goals came from 68 shots at an average of 2.8 per 90 minutes, hitting the target on 35 occasions (excluding blocked efforts).

Only one of Lacazette’s 14 goals came from outside the penalty area, in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth in just his fourth league appearance for the club. While the Frenchman also scored 10 with his right foot, two with his left foot and two headers.