This summer saw Arsenal among the suitors for Bayern Munich star Luiz Gustavo. It came after the Brazilian holding midfielder played a starring role in the Brazil side that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in the summer.
Despite his obvious class he was not at all ensured of a place in the Bayern Munich side after the arrival of Thiago Alcantara - and after a season in which he did not feature regularly.
The holding midfielder position is one Arsene Wenger wanted to strengthen in the summer - and Gustavo soon emerged as a standout option.
It was even reported at one point that a deal was done - worth his £17.5 million release clause.
Gustavo signed for VfL Wolfsburg on the 16th August - choosing to stay in Germany, the country he had lived since joining Hoffenheim in 2007, to continue his career - and he has elaborate on his reasons for joining Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich.
"I wanted to experience things that I no longer lived in Bayern. Bayern, you prepared the game already knowing you were sure to win the three points. I did not want to leave Germany because it is a country where I fit and I love.”
What is clear is that he had no desire to leave Germany. After six years of living in the country he was clearly happy to continue his development there - and Arsenal really had no chsnve of signing him.
But what is interesting is the other reason why he decided to leave Bayern.
It seems he was not bothered about the apparent lack of first-team football, which was reasonable, as he got his fair share of playing time for the Bavarians, but was more bothered by the fact his team won so easily week in week out.
Gustavo got bored and wanted to stay in Germany - that is why he went to Wolfsburg, a team that finished 11th in the Bundesliga and not Arsenal.
The thrill seeking footballer - a new breed entirely.
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