The airplane in question was the Emirates’ giant A380 passenger plane which had been portrayed in the famed computerised game Flight Simulator.
In a cabin-like cockpit, the Arsenal players were given the challenge of being able to successfully land the airplane with a smooth landing.
The four players in question – Giroud, Sagna. Cazorla and Arteta – split up into two teams, which was decided by nationalities – Spain vs. France.
Despite being under playful mocking and the added pressure of losing, all four players successfully completed the challenge – though pilot Bacary Sagna’s angles were slightly skewed.
Once the competition was over, the results were in and Arsenal’s striker Olivier Giroud was awarded the prize of ‘smoothest landing’. In spite of this, team Spain actually won the challenge – making it slightly obvious who the weakest pilot was.
The challenge has been done in the past by Arsenal’s German contingent - Mertesacker, Ozil and Podolski – as well England internationals Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
The exercise is great for team-bonding and moral, and whilst the Gunners have entered a key period in their season with games against Liverpool, Man Utd and Bayern Munich in quick succession, it is important that the environment around the Emirates stadium remains as positive as ever.
Are team-bonding exercises such as the flight simulator game positive for the Arsenal squad?
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