Fulham's Clint Dempsey has said on the record that he wants to play Champions League football. It's also common knowledge that Arsenal is interested in the United States attacker. With rumors of Arsenal discussing Dempsey's transfer to the Emirates, here are some ways the league's fourth leading scorer from last season can contribute to the Gunners.
The addition of Dempsey would infuse toughness into Arsenal's attack on the wings or in the attacking midfield position, something that neither Gervinho, Aaron Ramsey or Theo Walcott provide in high amounts. Dempsey has a reputation for playing with unmatched ferocity that sometimes results in others getting hurt. For example, he caught Chelsea's John Terry in the jaw with an errant elbow in 2007. He did something similar to Phil Jones of Manchester United in December. Not only will Dempsey be tough, he'll play defense as well.
A team can never have too many quality attacking options. Since Dempsey can play any of the forward positions, as well as a midfielder, he'll be an extremely valuable asset. He will also be reliable. Along with Arsenal's other transfers so far in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the Gunner bench will be much better this season.
Adding one of America's best players will increase the club's presence in the States. For the club's American owner Stan Kroenke, this would be a signing that would be in his best interest. Granted, there already is a large fanbase in America but there is always room to grow.
Finally, with Dempsey as a Gunner, Arsenal would increase its chances of ending its seven-year trophy drought. There's a huge monkey on the club's back and winning a trophy this season, any trophy, will greatly reduce the pressure to win hardware. But the Arsenal faithful, the pressure to win will always be there. If there is one thing for sure here, the American would be a great signing for Arsenal and it would increase the excitement for the 2012-13 season.