Arsenal's Giroud vs Aston Villa's Gestede H2H: Which player outshines other in six key areas?

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Aston Villa take on Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

Aston Villa take on Arsenal at Villa Park this weekend in a match which sees the Premier League’s bottom club looking for their first win since the opening day of the campaign.

The Villans have not tasted victory since beaten Bournemouth 1-0 back in August, the longest winless league run of their history and one which sees them seven points adrift of safety.

Arsenal head into the clash two points behind league leaders Leicester City, and they will be buoyed by their Champions League progression following a 3-0 midweek win at Olympiakos.

Olivier Giroud was the hero on Wednesday, netting a hat-trick. But how does his league form compare with Villa striker Rudy Gestede so far this season?

  GoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerial Duels Won per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Olivier Giroud 8 2.73 0.53 1.87 26.67 11 0.93 15
Rudy Gestede 3 1.93 0.27 6.2 25.27 10.27 0.6 15

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Arsenal’s man of the moment clearly has the upper hand as he outshines his upcoming opponent in as many as six key areas.

Giroud has so far netted eight Premier League goals this season, while he also averages more shots and key passes per league encounter than Villa’s summer signing.

Moreover, the former Montpellier man is renowned for his link-up play and that can be illustrated by his impressive figures in possession, averaging more touches and accurate passes per match.

One area which Gestede comes out on top is his ability in the air, averaging 6.2 aerial duels won per league match, compared with Giroud’s 1.87 aerial duels won.

Villa have arguably the best centre-forward in England in terms of aerial ability yet they’ve so far been unable to get the best out of the former Blackburn Rovers man.

If Remi Garde’s men hope to avoid the drop this season, Gestede will be vital to their chances.

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