Ex Arsenal star: Walcott will outscore Costa, van Persie and Sturridge

Theo Walcott

Charlie Nicholas believes Theo Walcott will be the 2014-15 top scorer in the Premier League, out-gunning Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool strikers.

Former Arsenal forward and current Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has tipped a current Gunner to outscore all of his rivals in the coming season as the Scotsman, a League Cup winner in 1987, believes Theo Walcott will enjoy the form of his life to fire the club to the Premier League crown.

"Arsenal will win the title," Nicholas said recently.

Walcott endured an injury-ravaged season last term, punctuated by his suffering of an anterior ligament knee issue at the start of the calendar year which hampered his chances of a spot in England's World Cup squad and will also see him sidelined for the start of the coming campaign.

That double setback will only motivate the player further, Nicholas claims.

"I think Theo has a burning ambition," he said. "I spoke to him when he was out injured and after everything he missed in the summer, in terms of the World Cup and the final run-in for Arsenal, that has inspired him. With his pace and goal-scoring instincts he was getting better and better last season."

From the few games Walcott featured in last year, he was able to return elite-level statistics as he was responsible for either a goal or an assist once every 85 minutes he was on the field.

Should he maintain that sort of attacking efficiency throughout a league season, then it would be tough to out-score him, even though he has clear rivals for the Golden Boot like Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero, Daniel Sturridge, Diego Costa and even outside bets like Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku and Wilfried Bony.

"[Walcott] knows how to time his runs and with Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and [Aaron] Ramsey in the team, they all know where he wants it," continued Nicholas. "Arsenal look very attractive attacking-wise and Theo, once he’s fit, can profit from that."

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