Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Clint Dempsey Signing Would Be Surprise Move by Wenger

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham in action  during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham at Reebok Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Clint Dempsey finally hit his peak as both an English Premier League player and international goal-scorer this past year.

He's being tracked by a number of clubs and most speculate that he'll leave Fulham because, according to Mirror Football, he wants a chance to play in the Champions League.

One club that can offer just that, and has a need for another weapon, is Arsenal. What's more, they're one of the clubs tracking the 29-year-old American, according to the Mirror.

That being said, signing Dempsey would be an odd move by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger; it would be contrary to what he's done his entire career.

Although the Gunners are on the ropes with captain Robin van Persie, they already signed soon-to-be 27-year-old Lukas Podolski and Dempsey is two years his senior.

Wenger has always chased down the young, budding superstars who could help the club in the present, but who will also develop for the future. Dempsey doesn't fit that mold in the least, even if he did just hit his prime.

A year ago, Arsenal signed 29-year-old midfielder Mikel Arteta, but Wenger's back was against the wall in the 11th hour of a transfer window that could've gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Fortunately for him, Robin van Persie burst into the star he always could have been and carried the North London club to a top-three finish in a Premier League that was dominated by both Manchester City and Manchester United.

Now Wenger has all summer to avoid having to make last-minute moves—the Podolski signing already shows he knows what he wants.

Why he'd resort to signing Dempsey—who, mind you, is a gifted player with a lot to offer—when he could continue to do what has kept him in power at the Emirates all these years doesn't make much sense.

The Gunners have needs, but jumping on a breakout 29-year-old doesn't necessarily fill them for the now or the long-term.

If Wenger was to sign Clint Dempsey, it would be a surprise move to say the least.