In focus: Alessandro del Piero

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After 19 years as the main man at Juventus, Alessandro del Piero last year revealed he was set to leave Serie A for pastures new.

The Italian striker poses a wealth of experience, with 91 international caps to his name, and has won both the Champions League and the World Cup during a star-studded playing career, thus making a valuable asset to any potential suitor.

The 37-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal the latest name to be mentioned.

With that in mind GMF takes a look at what an ageing Del Piero would give a Premier League side, and discuss whether he'd be worth making a move for.


Few players have the depth of experience like that of Del Piero and for a top side, battling for honours domestically and in Europe, he would be an almost priceless commodity.

Del Piero defied many who might have questioned his engine in his tender years playing in all but five of Juventus' Serie A matches last season, scoring eight goals to add to the nine from the previous campaign.

In the case of Arsenal, Del Piero would provide a decent alternative or even partner to Robin van Persie, who has ploughed a lone furrow up front at times this term.

Furthermore, Arsene Wenger's frugality won't be challenged if Del Piero was a potential target, with the striker leaving Italy for nothing in the coming summer.


Despite being available on a free in the summer, Del Piero is likely to demand a substantial wage packet.

Larger clubs in the Premier League have often been unwilling to splash out on short-term, hefty contracts to players with no resale value, perhaps meaning that a move to Russia is more likely.

The money from Russia is likely to mean Del Piero's head is turned, so in the event any English club do fancy a short-term deal, competing with the likes of Anzhi Makhachkala could prove difficult.


His ability is clearly on the wane, however there's little doubt Del Piero would add quality to any side who snapped him up. If the deal is right, then Arsenal shouldn't hesitate.

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