Another Blow For Arsenal As Wolfsburg Confirm Luiz Gustavo Signing

By on August 16, 2013

With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal miss out on another transfer target.

Luis Gustavo

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Arsenal have been hit by another transfer blow with Wolfsburg confirming the signing of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich on their official website this morning.

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Gustavo was made available for transfer by Bayern after the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona with the Brazilian international keen to secure regular first team football ahead of next summers World Cup.

We’ve been strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old defensive midfielder in recent weeks and the player recently talked-up a move to the Emirates, admitting he’d like to play for the club.

“My contract with Bayern runs until 2015, but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for the national team.

“I am in a delicate situation at Bayern, and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move. I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here, so of course I’d like to play for them.”

“Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League,” he added. “They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger. Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League, you could see they are not pushovers.”

[source: ESPN]

However, we’ve missed out once again with Wolfsburg confirming this morning that the player has signed for an undisclosed fee, penning a five-year contract and will be unveiled at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

It does make you wonder how we could lose out to a club that finished 11th in the Bundesliga table last season and can’t even offer him Europa League football, never-mind Champions League football.

There are rumours that he wanted to remain in Germany, some suggest Arsenal refused to meet the players asking price/wage demands, while others speculate that the close relationship of the Wolfsburg and Bayern owners had something to do with it, but the fact is Gustavo’s not joining Arsenal and we’ve missed out on another top quality player.

Ironically, with Mikel Arteta out for up to six weeks he’s exactly the type of player we need right now. Let’s hope Arsene Wenger has something up his sleeve, and quickly.

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Are you disappointed to miss out on Gustavo? Who would you like the club to sign? Share your views below.

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Kiprop

    August 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’m so confused about Wenger, all our targets we never manage to bring them in. am considering of being an Arsenal Fan.

    • Kilovolt

      August 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      May you should not support arsenal then u retard, u clear are not a true supporter so go and support Tottenham, inbred idiots like u are not true supporters

  2. Angira Charles

    August 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Does it mean there’s nobody apart from Wenger who can coach Arsenal? We are loosing faith because of WENGER, WENGER X100.

  3. Uko

    August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Somebody needs to tell Wenger to be serious. He does not seem to be interested in signing. He is good in identifying and making noise for other clubs to buy.

  4. mystic

    August 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Absolutely pathetic doesn’t describe this summer – Wenger should be driven out for his total incompetence.

    Gazidis has claimed there is a ready made pot, yet Wenger’s intransigence is costing the club all respect. Between Kroenke and Wenger Arsenal have become a laughing stock.

    Frankly there is little disappointment in my heart, it is becoming pure anger at the abysmal attitude of both Wenger and the sniveling, soul less fools who are supposed to be his bosses.

  5. tinalex

    August 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    If a player leaves a club that were champions for a club that finished 11th and more than 30 points below the club he was paying for, then you should have an appreciation of such a player’s pedigree and quality. This point becomes very important if the same player chooses the middle table team over a team which is in the champions league. It is even more important if the player’s motive for moving is to get playing time. There are more chances of his club getting relegated than it finishing in the champions league places this season.

    Arsenal has sent two of its fringe players to clubs in the Bundasliga for the 2013/14 season. The two players are Coquelin and Djouro, and their clubs finished 5th and 7th respectively. If we could send a defensive midfielder to a club that finished 5th, and we go ballistic because one of our target went to a club that finished 11th surely there will be something wrong with us as fans. Gustavo does not rate himself better than Francis so why should we lose arm and limb to get him?

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