Arsenal linked with Bony, how does he compare to Giroud?

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Swansea may be reluctant to let their impressive striker leave, with the Ivorian having netted early a third of the Swans Premier League goals.

Recent rumours linking Arsene Wenger to Swansea City's Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony indicate a belief in a need to strengthen the club's forward positions ahead of next season.

It is move that will likely be afforded somewhat sarcastic applause by supporters who have long identified a need to either replace the side's main striker Olivier Giroud, or at the very least bring in some support for the French international.

Bony's first season at Swansea since moving from Vitesse Arnhem has been a resounding success, and with both players having netted 16 times, it is worthwhile comparing the two strikers to see if the Ivorian would be an improvement over the former Montpellier man.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal Assistmins / Ontarget Scoring AttHeaded GoalAppsMins
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 16 4 61.80 5 34 2,472
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 16 8 81.08 4 36 3,081

Though both players have found the net 16 times, Bony has reached that target in almost 1/5 less games than Giroud took to reach that target. For the Ivorian to hit that amount, in his first season at the club AND playing for a team in the bottom half of the table indicates that he is a genuine top striker. Where Giroud has impressed is his assists for the team, though of course any goal statistics should take into account the fact that Arsenal have scored many more goals than the Welsh outfit. The Swansea forward has a much higher rate of on target strikes and is better at scoring in the air, despite Giroud being 4 inches taller than last season's Eredivisie top scorer.

  TeamPosmins / Duel Wonmins / Aerial Wonmins / Unsuccessful Touchmins / DispossessedAppsMins
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 13.43 23.54 33.86 38.63 34 2,472
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 12.23 21.10 31.44 38.51 36 3,081

One area that is much closer is with regards to more general linkup play. Bony narrowly loses out to the Arsenal man with regards to conceding possession and losing both aerial battles and standard duels for the ball. What this seems to show is that Giroud is better with the ball than his fellow forward, and is also capable of contesting it, but is significantly behind Bony when it comes to sticking the ball in the net.

It is reasonable to assume that a player with as impressive goalscoring ratio as Bony would register  many more goals than the Arsenal's first choice centre forward - whether he would link up with his teammates and provide goals for them than Giroud is less clear.

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