If Arsenal want to go after Luiz Gustavo of Bayern Munich this summer, Pep Guardiola may just let them.
One of the things many Arsenal fans have been saying is missing from the team this season is that midfield enforcer, an Alex Song sort of player who can go around and rough up a few individuals.
There’s a very good reason he should be, because Guardiola never really used a heavyweight midfielder in his team at Barcelona.
Therefore, the Spaniard may be more concerned with building a side around the methods he used at the Nou Camp which means Gustavo could quickly find himself on the bench if he chooses to stay.
Gustavo has also not been a regular at the German side this season having made only nine appearances, through which he has already been booked three times.
Arsenal do need someone with that physical presence in the middle of the pitch because of the number of smaller players they now have committed who all play in that area.
Arsenal have also reportedly been in touch with the German league leaders who refused to sell Gustavo last month in the middle of the season.
They are unlikely to start axing players until Guardiola has had a chance to get his foot through the door and have a look at his squad, so it all depends on how he sees Gustavo’s role at the club.
His age, 25-years-old, the fee, his ability and his versatility in the midfield or in the defence means Arsenal could find him a very interesting proposition.
It seems a little amazing as to why he’s not been used more often by Bayern this season but when you look at the fact they’ve only conceded seven league goals, they haven’t really needed to make big changes in the defence.
Arsenal apparently have scouts watching him in each and every game and the Gunners may have a chance to see him up close in the Champions League clash later. If they don’t pick him up and if his role at Bayern doesn’t change, another side is going to pick up a very decent player.
Could you see him at the Emirates?
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