Five aerial duels won; two key passes: Giroud stars for Arsenal against Manchester City

Olivier Giroud: By The Numbers:  : 20160508

The Arsenal forward was highly impressive in the draw with Manchester City.

Olivier Giroud was in fine form for Arsenal as his side drew with Manchester City this weekend.

In a scintillating top four clash at the Etihad, the Gunners twice came back from a goal down to secure a point in the game.

It was a display full of fight from Arsene Wenger’s side, who have been sorely lacking that quality throughout the campaign.

The result now leaves the top four race wide open, with Manchester City nervously looking over their shoulders at rivals Manchester United.

Key to denying them the win was striker Giroud, who ended his long goal drought in a fine return to form for the Frenchman.

As the table provided by Opta shows, he was heavily involved throughout the game.

  MatchGoalsOntarget Scoring AttemptsGoal AssistKey PassesAccurate PassPassing AccuracyAerial WonTouches
Olivier Giroud Man City vs Arsenal 1 1 1 2 24 80% 5 53

The Arsenal front-man posted 53 touches in total as he proved to be a focal point for the majority of his side’s attacks in the clash.

He was crucial to both Arsenal goals, with one goal from his only attempt, and the assist, courtesy of a sublime flick, for Alexis Sanchez’s strike.

His passing was also solid, posting 24 accurate passes and an overall passing success of 80%.

Indeed, it appears he was a creative force as he managed two key passes, the most of any player for Arsenal.

Elsewhere he won five aerial duels as he again demonstrated that different option he can offer the Gunners.

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