Lacazette wins Arsenal Player of the Year award

The 18-goal French forward has won the gong, voted for by the fans, the day after scoring two in Europa League semi-final first leg win

Alexandre Lacazette has won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award, winning 35 per cent of the votes cast by the London club’s supporters.

The club announced the French striker’s triumph on Friday morning, the day after he scored two goals in their 3-1 Europa League semi-final first leg victory over Valencia.

Of his 18 goals this season, 11 have given the lead in a match – and Arsenal have gone on to win 10 of those matches.But it is not only what Laca has done in front of goal that has sealed his position as Player of the Season.

It is also down to his force of personality, his ability to lift the team and the crowd with a simple chase back to win the ball, lung-busting run at goal or threading of an eye-of-the-needle pass. Or the fact he simply appears to have so much fun, whether that’s in shooting practice on the training ground or doing an UnClassic Commentary with Auba.

Football may be a serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. And Laca has fun, lots of it – but he remains a serious talent, and a deserved winner of Arsenal’s Player of the Season for 2018/19.

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