USA playmaker puts Arsenal on alert

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Clint Dempsey has put Arsenal on transfer alert after admitting he wants to play in Europe's elite club competition - the Champions League.

The Gunners made a late move for the USA international in the summer, according to, but a £10 million price-tag proved to be a decisive factor in Arsene Wenger not making a move for the player.

But, after hitting 15 goals in 29 appearances for the Cottagers so far this season, Dempsey admits he won't allow himself to become content in west London, and would like to test himself against the best in the continent.

"You should never get content. I want to play in the Champions League," said Dempsey.

"Nobody thought I would get this far. I want to go as far as I can."

Fulham brought the player to Craven Cottage in 2007, moving to the capital from the New England Revolution in a £1.5 million deal.

With only 18-months left on his current deal, it's little surprise to hear speculation surrounding the talented Texan, but Martin Jol believes Dempsey has been the difference for his side in recent weeks and isn't wanting to let his star player leave.

"Clint has been the difference for us, but every team relies on productive players," said Jol ahead of the FA Cup fourth round clash against Everton.

"Even Barcelona are not the same without players who can make the difference — and Clint is certainly that. Hopefully someone else can score if they try and stop Clint. We have goals from other places."

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