The Gunners have brought in some “in form” players only to see them fizzle out. Andrei Arshavin burned brightly for a brief period and by the time he left he was a shell of the player who had arrived. Then there is Marouane Chamakh, coming from Bordeaux and acclaimed on the continent and the UK as the missing link to Arsenal’s attack. He has languished in mediocrity (at best) while warming a seat at the Emirates for the most part. There is also the impending arrival of Lukas Podolski, as with all teams, there are more players than positions
But let’s not talk the present; let’s talk the future. The biggest suitor currently that is publicly seeking his services is Arsenal. Moving from Craven Cottage to the Emirates is an ascending step in any player’s career, at least at first glance.
By Pat Johnston
The buzz ringing the skies across the Atlantic has America’s current finest, Clint Dempsey, making a move to a bigger club in the summer. Even if the rumours are not true, the banter it is stirring up in the English and American press is undeniable.
Chase the dream Clint, you’ve earned it; there are a lot of people pulling for you. Regardless of the outcome, you have proved you are one of our country’s all time greats.
But here is why he should leave; unlike the most expensive American to date, Jozy Altidore,DeMarco Murray Youth Jersey, Clint Dempsey’s whole career is not to be played out still. He is 29 years old and it isn’t as if he will improve with age. His time is NOW,Jason Pierre-Paul Youth Jersey. It can argued that it is over for him even, but he has shown that he is a late bloomer and gets better each year,Bart Starr Jersey, but at 29 I am inclined to say that trend is about to reverse. This will be his last opportunity to sign something more lucrative that he ever dreamed of patrolling the midfield in American college soccer only 10 years past. There is also a very realistic chance that he will crack the starting line up of one of England’s CL representatives next year,Antrel Rolle Youth Jersey. Wearing the kit of a world famous club in the world’s greatest club competition is something every player dreams of. For an American boy to do so would raise the stakes for an emerging nation of young players.
If not Arsenal, then what about the other Champions League sides in England,Wes Welker Jersey? Potential suitors Spurs (Pavleychenko), Manchester United (Berbatov), Manchester City (Johnson, Dzeko), Chelsea (Anelka, perhaps even Torres) are all capable of taking a player in the form of his life and sitting him to the point where he will never be the player he was. Each of these teams also has an abundance of current top players and young, hungry scorers looking for their opportunity. Even Newcastle has a stable of emerging talent in Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Cisse, and the established Ba. Does Dempsey want to audition all over? The end of his career is a possible result should he make the move.
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Absolutely in the best form of his life, Dempsey is scoring often, and the goals are meaningful,Peyton Manning Jersey. Currently sitting fourth in the Premier League scoring race with 16 for the Cottagers, he has also tallied six times in Europe and domestic cup competitions. With 22 goals to his credit in the present campaign, he is a hot commodity.