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Ex-Chelsea boss crucial in Gustavo Arsenal snub

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Scolari played a crucial role in Luiz Gustavo snubbing Arsenal for Wolfsburg.

Early in the week, Arsenal fans had their hopes raised by Luiz Gustavo intimating he would welcome a move to Arsenal.

The Brazilian was keen to leave Bayern Munich to play more regular football, seeing his chances diminish with the arrival of Pep Guardiola who quickly signed Thiago Alcantara.

He had seen already last season that he was not first choice, and with a World Cup around the corner, his ambitions meant he had to get back playing.

So when it came to picking a club, he knew he had to choose wisely, with Napoli, Arsenal and Wolfsburg vying for his signature.

Two of those could offer him Champions League football, but more of a risk in terms of game-time.

And so Gustavo chose the safe option, stating that he liked the 'security' in Germany, rather not having to adapt to a new league in a crucial season for him.

The words of his Brazil manager Luiz Scolari this week, former boss of Premier League side Chelsea, will have too been ringing in his ears.

He threatened this week: "We will be watching in the coming months the foreign leagues. But I can see no player sitting on the bench. The players must think about the team, not just the money they get from clubs."

At Arsenal he may have commanded a first team spot regularly, but with the competition for places, he was more likely to be just another cog in the midfield, rather than stand out as one of the star players in the team.

With his new club, Wolfsburg, Gustavo has a greater chance of shining in a league he knows, and catching the attention of Scolari. If he earns a spot in Brazil's first team next summer, his 'secure' gamble to turn his back on Champions League football will be worth it. 

Will Gustavo regret the decision or is it a shrewd one? What next for Arsenal?

image: © jonnyr1

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