Long term Arsenal holding midfield target - 'I like living in Germany'

Luiz Gustavo

Luiz Gustavo has reiterated his love for living in Germany.

This summer, and last, Arsenal were linked with a move for Brazilian international Luis Gustavo. When he was available for £17.5 million from Bayern Munich it is generally believed that Arsenal made a successful bid for the player.

This summer they were again linked with him, as it emerged he had a minimum fee release clause in his contract.

But Arsenal have not managed to snare the holding midfielder. The reasons are now evidently clear as to why Gustavo has never joined Arsenal - or any team outside Germany for that matter.

Gustavo has previously made it clear the reasons why he did not switch to Arsenal in the summer of 2013. The Brazilian, who instead made the switch to Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich that summer, insisted he simply did not want to leave Germany.

Gustavo, who moved to Hoffenheim in 2007 to begin his German adventure, said of his decision to snub Arsenal in favour of VfL:

"I did not want to leave Germany because it is a country where I fit and I love.”

Now, a year down the line and with rumours again behind him from this summer, Gustavo insists he has no plans on quitting Wolfsburg - or indeed his beloved adopted home of Germany:

"I am very happy, VfL Wolfsburg is a great club to play for and I like living in Germany and the German mentality.

“I feel my future is here and I am able to imagine playing on for many years, because I identify with the city of Wolfsburg.

“Wolfsburg is a workers' city, this suits me!"

Arsenal's defensive midfielder needs were certainly on display last night against Borussia Dortmund - as the German side ran rampant at Signal Iduna Park. Gustavo therefore might have been a name that popped back on the radar of Arsene Wenger for the winter.

But, judging on these latest comments, Wenger needn't bother.

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