Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Why Jesus Navas Would Be a Perfect Fit for the Gunners

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22:  Jesus Navas of Sevilla FC kicks the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on October 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Arsenal FC faithful do not need to fret. The loss of Theo Walcott will not be an issue so long as the EPL power broker snags Seville FC's Jesus Navas.

Walcott might have grown up in the Arsenal program, but he never truly came of age. As reported by Alicia Johnson of the, Chelsea and Liverpool will be making a play for the young-yet-mercurial striker. Considering Arsenal's other option would be to hold him and get nothing in return next year, it's expected that the player and team will part ways.  

His immense talent was always overshadowed by an apparent lack of work ethic. He was not able to develop any type of consistency for the club since he couldn't log the necessary minutes. This only served to madden the supporters, as they would periodically be subjected to glimpses of his potential, such as notching a hat trick for the English national team against Croatia.

Navas should serve to fix many of those problems and find himself a nice place among the Gunners.

With Seville, Navas has demonstrated the ability to be counted upon match after match. Over the last five years, he has averaged just under 3,000 minutes per La Liga season. In fact, excepting the 2010 results, Navas proved that he could put up consistent numbers by averaging 4.25 goals and 9.25 assists.  

His international play for the world-leading Spanish team only further illustrates his potential worth. In a recent victory over Puerto Rico, Navas found Cesc Fabregas with a beautiful cross for the difference-making goal. 

His contract with Seville calls for a £35 million buyout. However, the club surely isn't contemplating pulling in such a fee for the steady 26-year-old. As it stands, is stating that Arsenal has put in a €15 million bid to bolster their midfield.