Arsenal are after Jesus! By KJ
AS (Spanish news outlet) are reporting that Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla winger, Jesus Navas. It is a bit of a surprising link considering that we’re quite heavily stoked out wide and it looks likely that Walcott will sign a new contract. However, I’ll give this rumour a fair shake.
Navas was raised in the Sevilla youth system and has stuck with the team ever since. That seems extraordinary considering his talents and the clubs that he could go to (I’m talking Barcelona and Madrid). The reason why he’s still at Sevilla was because of his severe homesickness. This has spanned for many years now and has stopped him from really excelling in his career both at club level and internationally.
Recently, he has been treated for his homesickness and has been able to successfully attend numerous matches for the Spanish national team as well. Notably, he attended the Euros this year and scored the match winning goal for Spain in one of their matches. He also said in a recent interview that he is now open to moves outside Sevilla which would give Arsene the opportunity to swoop in for him.
Navas is a class winger with an immense amount of pace and trickery. He scored an impressive 14 goals and made 5 assists last season. He is definitely highly rated in Spain and personally, I’d rate him as one of the best wingers in the world.
But why would Arsene want him? I’ve always been of the opinion since RVP left that Wenger has two choices. He either buys a conventional striker to replace the Dutchman or he converts Podolski to a striker and buys a winger to replace that gap. I actually prefer the first option as Podolski doesn’t seem effective enough to play as a lone striker. However, Wenger watches our players train every day and hence will have a better judgement on what to do.
I’m definitely excited by the prospect of Navas coming to the Emirates but we’ll need to remain grounded as this is just rumours at the moment.
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