96% pass accuracy, 5 interceptions: £25m Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo shines for Brazil

Luiz Gustavo

Arsenal midfield target Luiz Gustavo showed his strengths for Brazil against Croatia.

Last summer Arsenal were strongly linked with signing Luiz Gustavo, who was made available for transfer by Bayern Munich.

Gustavo carefully selected his next move at Wolfsburg, explaining that it was due to his World Cup ambition.

He wanted to remain in the Bundesliga, and move to a team where it was guaranteed he would play regularly, enhancing his chance to shine and not be caught out, lose form and ultimately be dropped from the Brazil squad.

It's a plan which paid off, selected in midfield for Brazil in their opening game against Croatia.

Gustavo is reported to have a release clause in his contract at around £25 million, and so can put himself in the shop window for another move to a side this summer which are title challengers, like Arsenal aspire to be next season - still needing reinforcements in central midfield.

  TeamPosPassing Accuracy %Interception WonWon TackleAerial WonTouchesMins
Luiz Gustavo Brazil MF 96.43 5 0 3 74 90

Gustavo was a composing presence in the middle of the park, needing to be with Croatia's talented opposition of Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric trying to break through.

He showed two of the best facets of his game, achieving a 96.43 per cent pass success rate over 90 minutes, the highest of any player on the pitch.

His five interceptions were crucial in helping Brazil amass 61 per cent of possession during the course of the victory, fellow midfielder Paulinho made none.

Gustavo did not shine with his tackling, failing to win a single one - just like Spurs star Paulinho.

His performance overall however was an assured one, doing little to show that Phil Scolari made a mistake with his selection, can can expect to start the next game against Mexico.

If he can continue to impress then Arsenal would be wise to consider renewing their interest this summer as they search for a defensive midfielder.

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