Much has been made about Arsenal’s need for a holding midfielder and rightly so, as it could be key to Arsenal’s season. Of all the holding midfielders that have linked to the club nothing much has happened by way of concrete development as to who the identity of that player would eventually be that Arsenal would sign. And the mazely way in which those links have gone have made it difficult to arrive at a conclusion of who the club would sign.
However, the situation at Wolfsburg could play into Arsenal’s hand and serve as a domino effect that might see the club go back to a player Arsene Wenger tried to sign last season.
Wolfsburg are reportedly interested in signing Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Josuha Guilavogui. The 23 year old has struggled with playing time at the Spanish champions after his arrival from St. Etienne for €10 million, and as a result it could be an opportunity for Arsenal to go in for Luis Gustavo. The Brazilian was the subject of a strong interest from Arsenal last season, but he eventually choose to stay in Germany after he moved from Bayern Munich.
With Arsenal’s need for a holding midfielder, Luis Gustavo would represent a better option for Arsene Wenger’s side. Wolfsburg’s move for Guilavogui would mean that the bundesliga side might not need Luis Gustavo having filled that position.
The Brazilian who stands at 6ft 2in is less of an injury risk than Sami Khedira, and has versatility about him. A scenario that can see him play as many as four positions. (Right back, Left back, centre half and is main position in holding midfield)
Luis Gustavo turned down Arsenal last season because he was afraid lack of game time prior to the World Cup in Brazil, with the World Cup now over, and a likely guaranteed space at Arsenal with the ageing Mikel Arteta, which means the club can guarantee him first team football.
The previous link of Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen, Sami Khedira of Sporting Lisbon and William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon
have not yielded much by way of how close they are to signing for Arsenal, but something can certainly come off Luis Gustavo coming to Arsenal, as the signing of Guilavogui by Wolfsburg would open the possibility of that happening. This is if Arsene Wenger decides to get a bite on the cherry once again on the Brazilian as he did last season.