54% success rate
370 of 685 aerial duels won
Like Manchester City, Arsenal are thought of as a team who play the ball on the ground, but in actual fact much of their play revolves around the hold up play of Olivier Giroud.
Giroud competes for 4.5 aerial duels each match, and his ability to bring the ball down and keep it until his team-mates come into play is a huge boost for the Gunners’ midfield runners.
At the back, Per Mertesacker is an absolute colossus, winning a huge 71% of his battles in the air, while full backs Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs each succeed with more than their fair share too.