Fulham’s outstanding player and top scorer, 29-year old Clint Dempsey, is not the sort of player normally associated with Arsenal, but I think he could add something to the Gunners strike force. His tough, combative style, versatility and proven goalscoring in the Premier league could provide Arsene Wenger with an alternative when the passing game is not getting results.
Dempsey has put out feelers to the top clubs by telling Sports Illustrated “I am grateful for everything Fulham have done for me…but the fact remains that I want to play in the Champion’s league. I want to play at the highest level possible.” Paris Saint- Germain are interested but I think he would prefer to stay in England and he would not even need to move if he joined the Gunners.
Dempsey scored 23 goals for Fulham, some of them absolute crackers, and has been instrumental in their recent form. Against teams like Stoke, he could stand up and fight unlike some of Arsenal’s more creative players. Chamakh was supposed to be a more orthodox target man, but it has clearly not worked out. Dempsey used to be more of an attacking midfielder/winger, but his eye for goals has seen him pushed further forward.
I think that he can offer the same sort of versatility as Podolski, and with van Persie down the middle they would terrify most defences. He could also be quite cheap, something that would appeal to the financially cautious Arsenal board.