Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo has admitted that he is interested in moving to Arsenal after it was reported that Arsenal have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich for his transfer.
The Gunners have reportedly had a bid agreed for the 26-year-old Brazilian accepted by Bayern but the German club have confirmed that “Luiz has offers from England, Spain, Russia and Germany” before adding “the player has not made a decision, yet”.
The 26-year-old has fallen further down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena following the arrival of Pep Guardiola, who has signed Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona this summer to add to an already crowded midfield. Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly with Switzerland in Basle on Wednesday, Gustavo said:
The Premier League is a great competition. Arsenal have a lot of tradition. I need a team that has space to play
It’s a delicate situation. I’m looking for the best option, the best decision. I am going to have to play, to stay in shape and carry on being called up [for Brazil].
Gustavo started less than half of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga fixtures last season and saw Javi Martinez regularly get the nod as the first choice defensive midfielder under Jupp Heyneckes and there is no evidence to suggest Pep Guardiola will re-think this strategy. Indeed Gustavo wasn’t even named in the Champions League title holder’s squad for their opening domestic league fixture.
Gustavo is naturally a defensive midfielder, in the Patrick Vieira mould, and is the sort of player we have lacked in our side for a long time.
He’d fit perfectly into our side, and also has the impressive trait of versatility. Whether at centre-back or at full-back, Gustavo could do a job in any defensive role for Arsenal, and given that we only have five recognised first-team defenders available at the moment, he would be a massive problem solver.
At 6 ft 2 in, Gustavo would bring exactly the kind of physical presence the Gunners have lacked in midfield since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona last summer. Wenger opted to convert midfield playmaker Mikel Arteta into a holding midfielder last term and the Spaniard performed admirably deployed in that position. However, the potential arrival of Gustavo could see the 31-year-old vice captain deployed in a more attacking position or, at the very least, find himself used as part of a rotation system in Wenger’s midfield trio next term.
There is no doubt that Arsenal desperately need a genuine defensive midfielder the perpetual injury woes of Abou Diaby means Wenger has not had the protection and stability offered to his back line since the days of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira. Arsenal fans will be hoping Arsene Wenger acts quickly to get the Brazilian on board.
What do you say Gooners?