Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo has revealed he will consider a move to the Emirates this summer as he needs to play regularly ahead of the 2014 World Cup to take place in Brazil. The 26-year-old is surplus to requirements at Bayern and is considering a move out of Germany this summer.
"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," Gustavo said.
"Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. 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," he added.
Gustavo was part of the Bayern team that beat the Gunners in the round of 16 of the Champions League last season where the eventual winners scraped through on away goals. The Bavarians won the away leg 3-1 at the Emirates but lost the home leg 2-0 at the Allianz Arena. The Brazilian made 35 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season, but is unlikely to get the same number of opportunities this season with new manager Pep Guardiola bringing in Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze to add to the already congested Bayern midfield.
The Gunners are reported to have submitted a £17.2m bid for the player, according to Sky Sports, and are close to making the player their first proper signing of the season. The player is likely to slot alongside Mikel Arteta or Aaron Ramsey in midfield as a defensive midfielder with Jack Wilshere or Tomas Rosicky providing the creative option. Gustavo's arrival will allow Arteta to move further forward, thus relieving him of his defensive duties which has curbed his attacking prowess.
The midfielder shall also bring some much needed versatility to the Gunners, with the player capable of playing at left-back or as centre-back should need be.