The one thing that stood out in a conversation with Steve Nicol four years ago was that the former Liverpool defender said Dempsey, the U.S. international mainstay, wouldn’t look out of place competing in the Champions League. This was just a year after Dempsey left MLS to join Fulham for a nearly $3 million fee. The low price tag implied that not much was expected from the Texan. But now, anyone who thought Nicol was being too kind to the player he used to coach at New England will have altered their opinion. When Dempsey scored twice in Fulham’s 3-0 win at Bolton, it pushed his tally to 21 goals in all competitions and 15 in the Premier League this season.
As such, the Texan is the top scoring midfielder in the division, ahead of the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale, an impressive quartet with far heftier reputations. And Dempsey is no one-season wonder, either, which makes it obvious why Fulham is eager for him to extend his contract. The Cottagers want Dempsey to stick around, first and foremost; locking him up would also prevent Dempsey from walking away on a free transfer when his current deal expires at the end of next season.
Of the major clubs in England, Arsenal makes perfect sense for Clint Dempsey. He and Robin Van Persie are a perfect match – sugar and spice. Dempsey will add the kind of grit and versatility to a Gunners team lacking in that department. As you can see from the article, Dempsey has proven he’s one of the better players in the Premier League. His style and skill are exactly what Arsenal need.