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£17.5m summer Arsenal target scores third goal in five league matches


Former Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo continued his impressive scoring run in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

For a while last summer it appeared Arsenal were closing in on Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, with reports claiming they were willing to pay his £17.5million release-clause.

Ultimately that move failed to materialise, the Brazilian instead remaining in the Bundesliga and joining Wolfsburg.

He would later reveal that he never had any intention of leaving Germany, expressing his love for the country. But Arsenal, along with his other suitors, certainly missed out on quite a player in the process.

Gustavo may predominantly be a defensive midfielder, but he also knows where the goal is, as his recent scoring-form suggests.

The 26-year-old was at it again on Saturday, scoring the opening goal in Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.

That strike means he has now scored three goals in his last five league matches, and considering his side lost 6-1 to Bayern Munich when he was suspended last weekend, his importance to his new club cannot be understated.

Wolfsburg will be bemoaning two dropped points against their relegation-threatened opposition, but they still have a slim chance of qualifying for the Champions League; and if Gustavo can score more goals and collect less bookings, that will certainly play its part.

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