Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo has further intensified speculation linking him to Arsenal by admitting that Arsenal are a big club after conceding he is in a ‘very delicate situation’ at Bayern.
Reports claim the Gunners have seen a £17.2 million bid accepted by the German and European champions for the Brazilian midfielder and a deal could be pushed through before the end of the week.
Gustavo has fallen out of favor under new boss Pep Guardiola, who has added Thiago Alcantara to the Bayern midfield this summer, and he is keen to move on to secure regular football to give himself the best possible chance of being included in the Brazil squad for next summer’s World Cup.
According to Daily Mail, he said :
My contract with Bayern runs until 2015 but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for Brazil.
I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move.
I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here so of course I’d like to play for them.
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Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger.
Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League [on aggregate] you could see they are not pushovers.
Gustavo, 26, made just 16 starts in the German Bundesliga last season, but was part of the side which won the historic treble. The chance to continue playing in the Champions League is said to be the deal-maker should he join the Gunners this summer.
The Brazilian offers a defensive presence in midfield, is comfortable in possession, and his versatility allows him to operate at center back or left back if injuries become a problem for Arsenal’s back line. He can also pitch in with a couple goals every season he managed 4 last season for Munich, 3 of which came from outside of the 18 yard box.
Operating in the defensive role in the center of midfield, Gustavo would add the much needed ball-winning ability to Arsenal’s midfield. With Mikel Arteta in the centre, the two would provide a much-needed platform for the likes of Jack Wilshire to get forward. Last season, Arteta was forced to play the defensive role as opposed to his natural game, which relies on distribution. Playing with Gustavo would allow the Spaniard to influence the game with the role in which he is most comfortable playing.
It would seem as if Gustavo’s move to Arsenal will be completed in the coming days as the player is away on international duty, but I am sure that personal terms and the such can all be sorted out pretty quickly upon his return.