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Arsenal footballers take on Emirates pilot challenge

Would you trust a footballer to land a plane? Emirates Airline certainly would

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Would you trust a footballer to land a plane? Emirates Airline certainly would. The aviation giant just sent Arsenal players on a flight simulator challenge in London and it seems that if star player Olivier Giroud fails at footie, he could have promising career as a pilot.

Two of Arsenal’s Spanish players, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta went head to head with two of their French team-mates Olivier Giroud and Barcary Sagna to decide who would do a better job landing an A380 this week.

“The French are going to bring some joie de vivre,” said Giroud. Cazorla disagreed: “We’ll beat you!”

Each player took the pilot’s chair in a simulated cock pit at the Emirates Aviation Experience in London, according to a press release on Monday.

Ignoring the heckles of teammates, each “pilot” maneuvered the simulated aircraft onto a runway, shown on screens.

Mocking his teammates after pulling off a smooth landing, Cazorla said: “You speak a lot - but when you are in the seat, you don’t speak!”

The challenge was won by the Spanish team but the Best Individual Landing award went to France’s Olivier Giroud.