Posted on Monday, 7th May 2012 by Alex Bunker
Arsenal and the Transfer window. It always seems to be that the Gunners have more rumours surrounding possible signings than any other team in the Premier League.
But it also seems to be that Arsenal sign less players than any other team in the league, especially when we have the funds available to us. When we do splash the cash, in the shape of Andrey Arsharvin and Park Chu-Young, they either don’t get a start for huge amounts of time or they slowly but consistently fade out of the limelight onto the bench, making no impression when given opportunities.
But maybe it’s different now. Providing Arsene Wenger does stay at the end of this season, we may bare witness a change in his policy. Instead of signing unheard of players on frees, who take five years to develop then depart for Man City. We have of course signed Lukas Podolski, for around 10 million, which to me looks a bargain and we are expectant.
But now onto the main issue of this blog – why we should not sign prolific American forward, Clint Dempsey.
The rumours surrounding his possible move to The Emirates over recent months have been regular and many see his form and proven goal-scoring capability in the Premier League as a very good reason to sign him. With 23 goals so far this season, Dempsey is in the best form of his career.
So why shouldn’t we sign him? One reason is that although he has been brilliant this season for Fulham his overall record in the English top flight hasn’t been top class. In fact, he only scores on average 0.29 goals per game for Fulham, compared to Lukas Podolski’s 0.46, for a relegated side, and Emmanuel Adebayor’s 0.36. Surely we don’t want to splash out on a player who scores less than an ex-Arsenal loanee?
Dempsey has only scored 48 goals in 180 appearances for Fulham; this is over six seasons, which is not that great in my opinion
Another reason why Dempsey isn’t the right man for Arsenal is his age. At 29-years-old, he is hardly a player that is going to grow and get better with time. He will have passed his prime by 30 and I cannot see him scoring many. As a striker his fitness will only deteriorate. I’m not Wenger and neither do I agree that we should always sign very young players, but this is pushing it. He certainly won’t be coming in cheap either. I’d rather Wenger invest in Yann M’Vila and get about 10 years of football out of the young Frenchman.
The final reason we shouldn’t sign Dempsey links to my first point. Although this season has seen the American score many goals, he is the only real forward at Fulham with over double the second top scorers and quadruple the third top scorers totalled. He is the channel for all of Fulham’s attacks. Everything at goal goes through him so you can only expect somebody half decent to claim a larger goal tally than a striker for a team who have several options. He also has the third highest amount of appearances at the club after Danny Murphy and Brede Hangeland with 45. Talk about resting players in the easy games.
I rest my case.
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