Arsenal FC: An In-Depth Report on Dream Target Giorgio Chiellini
Remember my article "The Players I Would Buy If I Was Wenger?" Well I decided to give a more in-depth report on each one of the players to give a better idea and view on each of my suggested targets.
This is the first player that I will make an in-depth report on. This player is the player I believe will be perfect for the Gunners (or any other team, for that matter) and despite the difficulty, there is a chance of acquiring of him—a slight one, but still a chance.
The player that I'm talking about is Juventus hardman and Italian international, Giorgio Chiellini.
Of course, please share your opinions and thoughts.
Name: Giorgio Chiellini
Date of Birth: August 14, 1984
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Position: Central (Main)/Left Defender (Secondary)
Preferred Foot: Left
Club Apps with Juventus/Goals: 170/16
International Apps/Goals: 40/2
Giorgio Chiellini was born in Pisa, Italy on August 14, 1984. Chiellini started out his career at the age of six with Livorno as a midfielder, but eventually and slowly made the transition to become a tough defender. Chiellini made the transition to become a reliable left back and made over 57 appearances with the club, scoring four goals from 2000-2004.
Chiellini had an interesting four years with Livorno, as he was actually sold in 2002 to AS Roma in an exchange deal involving current AC Milan No. 2 custodian Marco Amelia.
For some reason, AS Roma never gave him his chance and sent him back to Livorno for the next two seasons, where he improved his game to another level. He was then sold to Juventus in the summer of 2004.
That summer, Juventus sold him to Fiorentina in a co-ownership deal, where he had an excellent first season in Serie A, making 42 appearances and scoring three goals. Juventus bought him, getting full ownership the next season, where he led Juventus to the later-stripped Scudetto.
Displaying his loyalty to the team, Chiellini decided to stay with the club despite their demotion, where he became an important member and key player for the team, making 35 appearances and scoring four goals.
In the next season following promotion back to Serie A, then-coach Claudio Ranieri converted Chiellini into a central defender due to injuries to the club's main central defenders. Chiellini starred in that position and was voted as Serie A's best central defender that season. He had a "man of the match" performance against Inter and in particular, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a memorable highlight.
Chiellini is now considered one of the best defenders in the world and one of the finest to emerge from Italy in recent times. He is a regular Italian international.
This season, Chiellini has made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and making one assist.
Man Marking: 9/10
Reading of the Game: 8.5/10
Aerial Ability: 9/10
Conclusion on the Ratings
From the ratings, it looks like Chiellini is almost the perfect defender, but that's because he is.
He is a top-class defender and there is only one who is slightly better than him at the moment, and that is the faster and technically better Thiago Silva of AC Milan.
Chiellini lacks a bit technically, but that doesn't matter in my opinion; he's a top-class defender and a beast of a player who's reliable and will give everything to win—which the Gunners need.
What Is His Value?
According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Chiellini is valued at around 24.6 million pounds, but I believe that he can bought at an amount less than that, especially with Juventus' recent failures and reported financial problems.
He can probably be bought at around 20 million pounds in my opinion.
Where Would He Fit in at Arsenal?
Many have asked me this question, since our best defender, Thomas Vermaelen, is also left-footed.
I am going to make a suggestion which might surprise and probably anger you, but why not place Chiellini alongside Laurent Koscielny? Koscielny is one of the most technically gifted defenders I've seen in a long time, and his performance against Barcelona in the first leg and in particular against Lionel Messi is one of the best defensive displays I've seen.
Koscielny, with his excellent technical ability, along with Chiellini's physical capabilities, toughness and aggression—an excellent defensive partnership can be formed.
It'll be like Beauty (Koscielny) and the Beast (Chiellini). Again, this is just a suggestion.
Is There Really a Chance of Arsenal Acquiring Giorgio Chiellini?
Well, there is a chance, but it is going to be difficult. Chiellini is a devoted and loyal player to Juventus and has stated that many times, as well as being a huge fan favorite.
But Chiellini is a winner and with the recent failures of Juventus, he might consider an offer especially with rumors and reports stating that Juventus are not in the best financial situation and might be forced to sell a star asset.
So if Arsenal give them a tempting offer, Chiellini might be forced to leave. This is the best time, in my opinion, for Wenger and Arsenal to give it a go because Juventus will come back and return to their former, successful ways sooner rather than later.
Arsenal will not have a better chance.
Infamous Moment with a Current Gunner
Chiellini already has a bit of history with a current Gunner. Remember when he infamously injured Robin van Persie in a friendly between Holland and Italy on November 14, 2009? This cost van Persie his season and displayed Chiellini's aggression.
Let's hope, if Chiellini were to come, that they kiss and make up.
What Do You Think?
I know that this transfer looks like a complete long shot, but why can't Wenger just give it a go and give it his best shot? No transfer is impossible.
What do you think? Do you want to see Chiellini in an Arsenal shirt? Is there a chance of acquiring him? Please share your opinions and thoughts.
Cheers and take care,
P.S. My next report will be on Bordeaux skipper Alou Diarra. If you would like for me to do an in-depth analysis of another player of your choice, please don't hesitate to ask.