COMMENTARY | Luiz Gustavo was left out of Bayern Munich's squad on Wednesday for their Audi Cup match against Brazilian side Sao Paulo.
Gustavo has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolfsburg this summer, and there is even more speculation of a move for the defensive midfielder now. After the match, Gustavo told Abendzeitung, "Until August 31, everything is possible."
Gustavo's stance that "everything is possible" when it comes to his future seems to contradict his statement from a month ago when he told Globo Esporte, "I am under contract. I want to stay but let's see what happens."
However, the Brazilian also added, "I will present myself to the new manager on July 18 and let's see what his decision will be." Perhaps the decision by his manager (Pep Guardiola) on his future was not what the player wanted to hear.
Gustavo would appear to be just the sort of player Arsenal needs at the moment. The versatile 26-year-old not only plays defensive midfielder (a position in which the Gunners need to strengthen), but he can also play as a left back or center back. Arsenal currently has injury problems at both defensive positions. Current left back Nacho Monreal is dealing with a back issue and could miss the start of the Premier League season. Also, Gunner captain Thomas Vermaelen (center back) is slated to miss a couple of months with his own back injury.
The $22.6 million-rated Gustavo would be a fantastic addition to the Arsenal side, and would give its manager, Arsene Wenger, flexibility and versatility when choosing his starting 11 each week. With Wenger, supposedly having over $105 million to spend on new players this summer, Gustavo's transfer should not be a financial issue for the London-based club.
Gunner fans have been patiently waiting for their beloved team to make a move in this summer's transfer market. While Arsenal has reportedly had bids for Lars Bender, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez rebuffed, only Yaya Sanogo (a free transfer) has joined the club as of today.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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