Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal in the summer as a goal-machine from his time with Lyon in Ligue One. On Monday night, the French striker scored a brace in the Gunners 2-0 victory over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.
The double means that Lacazette has now scored four Premier League goals in his six top-flight appearances this season, one of which was a cameo appearance off the bench at Liverpool.
Proving doubters wrong
The French international has certainly continued where he left in his native league this season. There were question marks over whether he could be prolific in a higher standard of league. However, those doubts seem to be unfounded at the moment.
Lacazette looks the striker that the Gunners have needed for the last couple of years, even if he has missed some opportunities this season.
There is room for improvement, as all four of his Premier League goals so far were scored at the Emirates. To be fair, though the striker has failed to finish two of those three away games in the league. As previously mentioned he was also only a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield.
Is undoubted first-choice striker
Alexandre Lacazette is the undoubted first-choice striker at Arsenal. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently attempted to play down any pecking order of the Gunners forwards. However, I doubt anybody would argue with the Frenchman being first choice striker this season.
The Gunners have not paid over £50million for a striker to leave him on the bench. Lacazette is one of the first names on the teamsheet. Arsenal have a very capable backup on the bench in his compatriot Olivier Giroud, when they want to mix things up in attack.
Of course, the north London side also have Chilean star Alexis Sanchez who can play up front if needed.
Could be an outside bet for the Golden Boot
Lacazette has already shown his ability to score goals for Arsenal and arguably, the Gunners have not been at their creative best for much of the campaign. Last season the north London side created many chances in front of goal.
When Arsenal’s other attacking players do hit form, then Lacazette could net himself far more goals. In fact, at odds of 14/1 to win the Golden Boot he looks like a very decent outside bet to me, even if he does have competition from a number of the Premier League’s big hitters.
Could Alexandre Lacazette be a contender for this year’s Golden Boot?