Are Arsenal back in for Luiz Gustavo?

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Reports emerged in July that Arsenal had bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo as they continue on their quest to add physicality and protection to their midfield.

According to reports in the Metro, Arsenal have been ‘alerted’ to the possibility the Brazilian could be brought to the Emirates from the European champions who are keen to shift the 26-year-old due to new arrivals in his preferred position.

Bayern Munich director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated that Gustavo is free to leave the club if the right offer comes in for him and it is understood that a price-tag of around £8 million has been attacked to the 6ft2” midfielder.

“If Luiz can agree terms with another club, we will negotiate a fee for him to leave,” said Rummenigge.

“If he goes, we will not be buying a replacement.”

At present, it is claimed that Wolfsburg and Atletico Madrid are also in pursuit along with the Gunners London rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal failed to bid for Marouane Fellaini of Everton before his £22 million release clause at Goodison Park expired and the big Belgian looks more likely to head over to Old Trafford for possible reunion with former Toffees boss David Moyes.

Meanwhile, Tottenham look set to imminently secure the signing of highly-rated France international, defensive midfield playmaker Etienne Capoue of Toulouse (reportedly in talks with Spurs over a £11 million switch to White Hart Lane) and Southampton signed young Kenyan talent Victor Wanyama from Celtic earlier last month despite ‘interest’ from the Gunners early on.

Arsenal’s options for a quality and experience professional in that position are diminishing rapidly as the end of the window looms closer. It looks as though Bayer Leverkusen are intent on holding onto German giant Lars Bender this summer and reportedly told Arsenal the 24-year-old midfielder is not for sale.

With Gustavo obviously available and at such a reasonable price it seems inconceivable that Arsenal’s frugal manager Arsene Wenger would not be tempted to make an offer to Bayern Munich for his services – as Champions League club, the Gunners could likely sway him in their favour ahead of other suitors and they could have a top quality addition.

Gustavo had a pass completion rate of 93% in the Bundesliga last term, he conceded a high number of professional tactical fouls to protect the defence (50 across all competitions for Bayern last season) yet he didn’t receive a since red card and picked up only 6 yellow cards in the Bundesliga.

He added 4 goals and one assists to the team to add to intelligent passing, through balls, tackling, anticipation and long shots. He would be a fantastic addition for Arsenal to alternate with or cover for Mikel Arteta and could operate as a cover left-back as well.

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