Arsenal Transfer News: Jesus Navas Is Not Arsenal's Missing Link

Elliott Binks@ Writer IIIAugust 25, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27:  Jesus Navas of Spain in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Jesus Navas is the latest player to be linked with a summer switch to Arsenal, as reported this week by the Daily Mail.

Considering Navas' skill and experience, as well as the fact that Theo Walcott seems reluctant to extend his current contract with the club, one can certainly see the logic behind the Spaniard's proposed move to the Emirates.

But is he the right man for the job?

Even if Walcott were to leave, which is no guarantee, Arsenal are inundated with wingers capable of replacing the Englishman, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho.

Furthermore, though new signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla have been operating in more central roles, they are equally at ease on the flanks, as they have both proved for their international sides in the past.

While Navas remains an exceptionally talented individual, his position is not one in which Arsenal are lacking in options at present. Would it not be illogical to further saturate an area of the side that is already sufficiently equipped?

Given that they created 14 shots to Sunderland's three last week, it would appear that creativity is in no short supply at Arsenal.

If there is in fact a problem, it exists in the striking department.

It is an issue that has plagued the Gunners for years. They are yet to find a true poacher, the kind of striker who plays on the shoulder of the last defender and gets in the right positions within the six yard box to simply put the ball in the back of the net.

Liverpool had it with Michael Owen, and Manchester United with Ruud van Nistelrooy. But Arsenal have always been short of such a lethal striker's instinct, opting instead to search for only the most glamorous of goals. 

Though Thierry Henry and, to a lesser extent, Robin van Persie, were prolific for the club, the team were still widely criticised for lacking the clinical edge that their wonderful passing game so desperately requires.

And as Olivier Giroud's glaring miss last weekend proved, it is still a problematic area for the Gunners.

Their need of a natural goal scorer is greater than that of another winger, and until such a player is found they will be forever haunted by the grossly overused cliche of "wanting to walk the ball into the back of the net."

Aside from the issues up front, it would also make more sense to fill the void left by Alex Song rather than sign Jesus Navas.

Although if Arteta's performance against Sunderland is anything to go by, perhaps this is not such a pressing concern when compared with the lack of firepower up top.

I cannot deny that Navas is a quality player, but the fact of the matter is that he is a winger, and not a particularly high scoring one at that.

He would be a great addition to the squad, but not the best option given the current circumstances. If Arsene Wenger is intent on reinforcing the side, then perhaps a more suitable signing would be a striker or a deep-lying midfielder.

Of course, the club could indeed survive without further signings. Arsenal have more than enough talent in the central midfield positions to find a makeshift replacement for Song, and Giroud could yet bounce back and reproduce his goalscoring efforts that made him a hit at Montpellier last season.

But either way, though it remains just speculation, that's exactly how it should stay; Jesus Navas should not become the newest arrival at the Emirates.

Unfortunately, he does not present that elusive, missing piece to Arsenal's ever-incomplete jigsaw puzzle.

But then again, who does?

What do you guys think? Comment below and let me know your opinions on this matter.


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