Football and Rallycross stars' skills put to the test

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Cooper Tires & Arsenal FC - Precision Challenge - The Pendulum, at the Arsenal Training Ground, London Colney

The Challenge is set by Andy Ansah and requires the players to kick a ball through a swinging tyre at the end of a pendulum to score points.
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Arsenal football players' and FIA World Rallycross champions' accuracy skills were recently put to the test in the third instalment of Cooper Tires precision challenges.

Striker Olivier Giroud, midfielder Mesut Ozil and goalkeeper David Ospina were paired up respectively with drivers Anton Marklund Janis Baumanis and Reinis Nitiss.

They were then challenged to kick a football through a 'pendulum' – two Cooper Zeon 4XS sport tyres hanging from straps.

The contest resulted in the pair of Ozil and Baumanis triumphing, while the other two pairs drew.

Commenting on the challenge, Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah McRoberts said: "Our third Precision Challenge brings together our partnership with Arsenal as well as one of our key global motorsport activities.

"Both the Arsenal players and the World Rallycross drivers need to display outstanding precision in their day-to-day jobs in order to achieve success. This was a fun way to showcase the immense skills of some of the most driven sportsmen Cooper works with."

Football and Rallycross stars' skills put to the test

Football and Rallycross stars' skills put to the test


The first precision challenge took place back in 2014, and featured World Cup winners Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil, plus UEFA European Championship winner, Santi Cazorla. To pass the challenge, they needed to kick a football through a row of tyres in front of the goal.

The second challenge took place earlier this year, and saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs faced with the task of kicking a football through a rolling tyre.