Arsenal legend David Seaman has snubbed Gunners’ forward Gabriel Jesus when making his predictions for who will win the Premier Golden Boot for the 2022/23 season.
The former goalkeeper instead has tipped Manchester City’s new striker Erling Haaland to finish as the top goal scorer and also to pick up the Player of the Season award.
‘I know he [Haaland] missed some chances at the weekend [in the Community Shield defeat to Liverpool], but he was in the right place at the right time for quite a few things,’ Seaman said on his podcast Seaman Says.
‘He’s one of those players that’s always around the goal, he’s not going out wide or dropping deep like [Harry] Kane does. I think the competition will be between Haaland and Kane. If Haaland is on penalties for City that could be key.
‘For Player of the Season, I’m going to go Haaland. I know it’s predictable but I’m just so excited to see what he does, and I just think he’s the perfect fit.’
According to Betfair, Haaland is the favourite to win the Golden Boot but faces stiff competition from Jesus, Tottenham duo Kane and Son Heung-min and Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez.
Meanwhile, Seaman has backed his former side to not only make the top four but also to finish above arch-rivals Tottenham, two things the Gunners have not done since 2016.
‘My top six is Liverpool at No.1, then Man City, Arsenal third, Tottenham fourth, Man United fifth, Chelsea sixth,’ he added.
‘I’ve been asked, “what is a good season for Arsenal?” and I say, “anything better than last season”.
‘Last season was still good, it’s just annoying and disappointing that the other North London team beat us to Champions League. But we’re back in Europe and I still feel that Arsenal have a better chance of winning the Europa League then they have the Champions league.
‘I’m so glad with the Arsenal summer signings because we need marquee signings. We don’t need players that need to prove themselves or that are going to be good cause we’ve got a lot of that already.
‘[Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko] are players that the young players can watch in training and on matchdays as well and try and copy and emulate that [champions mentality]. They’ve been there and won it. They’re winners and it’s great that Arsenal have got those two players in the club.
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