Giroud vs Bony H2H: One betters the other in four key areas

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Manchester City travel to Arsenal in a key clash on Monday.

Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Monday to take on second-placed Arsenal in a key clash at the top of the Premier League table.

The Citizens currently lie in third place in the Premier League table, one point behind their upcoming opponents and three points short of surprise leaders Leicester City.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost their way somewhat in recent weeks, winning just two of their last five league game and suffering an uncharacteristic 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

Arsenal haven’t been in much better form, yet the Gunners have won three on the bounce in all competitions and in striker Olivier Giroud they have a player bang in form.

  GoalsKey Passes per GameShots per GameAerial Duels Won per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Olivier Giroud 9 0.56 2.63 2 28.88 11.88 1 16
Wilfried Bony 3 0.69 2.23 1.69 24.92 13.08 1.69 13

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Arsenal’s France international centre-forward has enjoyed a decent goal scoring campaign thus far and betters Wilfried Bony in four key areas.

Giroud has nine goals for the season, with his latest coming from the spot in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Many have questioned whether the Gunners can win the title with Giroud leaving the line, yet he has silenced a number of doubters this season and contributes more than just goals.

The former Montpellier man averages more shots on goal, aerial duels won and touches per game than his upcoming opponent Bony, with the City star averaging more key passes and recoveries.

Sergio Aguero is undoubtedly City’s biggest threat though with the Argentine international suffering from fitness issues, Bony has been tasked of late to lead the line for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The former Swansea City man offers his side something entirely different, and like Giroud he is often vastly underrated as many overlook his fine link-up play and general involvement.

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