Former target Gustavo shines on debut - Arsenal could have done with him today

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On the same day Arsenal suffered a humiliating loss, a former target impressed for his new club.

The boos rang out loud and long at the Emirates earlier today, following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa.

Olivier Giroud may have opened the scoring after just six minutes, but that was as good as it got for the Gunners.

A brace from Christian Benteke and an impressive solo effort from debutant Antonio Luna gave the Villans the points and left Arsene Wenger with much to ponder; not least his failure thus far to secure a single major signing this summer.

Meanwhile over in Germany, a player Arsenal were heavily linked with was showing exactly why that was the case.

Last week, Bayern Munich and Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo became the latest player to decide against a move to the Emirates, instead opting to remain in the Bundesliga and sign for Wolfsburg.

And in his first appearance this afternoon he shone for his new side, looking every inch a member of the team despite only officially joining them yesterday.

It was he who set up the first of Wolfsburg’s goals in their 4-0 win over Schalke, and the early indications were of an effective partnership with fellow midfielder Ja-Cheol Koo.

By the time the Brazilian was replaced in the 76th minute, his new side were three goals up and safely on their way to their first win of the new season.

How Arsenal wished they could say the same. Their own midfield has plenty of stardust but little steel.

Having seen Gustavo opt for Wolfsburg, and former target Etienne Capoue now at White Hart Lane, Arsenal fans may wonder if they will sign anyone of the required calibre.

Gustavo’s main strengths are in his passing, tackling and ability to play through balls. Wolfsburg will now see that in abundance. Arsenal, on the other hand, are left to wonder what might have been.

How much do Arsenal fans regret missing out on Gustavo?

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