The defensive midfielder chose the mid-table Bundesliga outfit over Arsenal after leaving Bayern Munich despite claiming he would like to play for the north London side.
With a public declaration like that and Arsenal’s requirement for a versatile, defensive minded midfielder he should have become an Arsenal player already.
However the 26-year-old is now a Wolfsburg player and has explained his reason for joining the 11th placed Bundesliga side, with his priority mainly on regular first-team football ahead of the 2014 World Cup in his homeland.
Wolfsburg are a top club. I like Germany. The security the country gives me. I have considered everything. I knew about everything. My heart decided on Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg have always been after me. They wanted me from the very beginning. That is the reason, I am here. It is a good project here.
He [Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari] spoke his mind and that helped me find a decision.
There were many other factors, too. The situation was not easy but I was in a luxury position.
Arsenal badly needed Gustavo. Before he was available for a transfer, he seemed like a decent candidate. With the Gunners squad thinning out as the weeks go by, the Brazilian’s ability to fill in at the back as well as provide a shield for the defence made him an exciting acquisition.
Arteta’s injury will now set the Gunners back in midfield especially with Wilshere yet to complete a full 90 minutes since his ankle operation. There are not many options available in the market and with under two weeks left, Gooners alike are feeling the pressure and frustration.
Will this season be much the same of the past few? It is certainly feeling like it.