Michael Owen predicts new signing will score in Arsenal v Leicester
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is tipping Alexandre Lacazette to score in Arsenal's home clash against Leicester City
Michael Owen is backing Alexandre Lacazette to open his Premier League account in Arsenal’s home clash against Leicester City on Friday night.
The Gunners will host the Foxes in the opening Premier League game of the 2017-18 season at the Emirates Stadium.
Lacazette is expected to make his competitive home debut against the 2016 Premier League champions following his club-record move to Arsenal last month.
The north London side signed the 26-year-old striker in a £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon to make the France international their most-expensive player of all-time.
Arsenal will be hoping Lacazette can help to fire Arsene Wenger’s side back into the top four following their disappointing fifth-place finish last term.
Former Liverpool striker Owen is confident that Lacazette will get on the score sheet at the first time of asking in Arsenal’s opening clash against Leicester.
“You have to go back to November 1994 for the last time Leicester beat Arsenal in the Premier League and I expect the Gunners to make a winning start to the campaign in what promises to be an entertaining start to the season,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Alexandre Lacazette looked sharp against Chelsea at Wembley last weekend and he can get off to a flier for his new club at the Emirates.”
Lacazette scored 28 goals in 31 games in Ligue 1 last season to take his tally to 100 goals for French club Lyon since his debut in 2010.
Chile international Alexis Sanchez finished as the north London club’s top goal-scorer last season after a return of 24 goals in 37 games.
Arsenal won the Community Shield last weekend thanks to a penalty shootout victory over champions Chelsea.