Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo would be a welcome addition at the Emirates, but he’s not the player Arsenal need to take them to the next level.
Arsene Wenger has identified the Brazilian international as a transfer target, according to Simon Mullock of the Mirror, although he didn’t divulge how far his interest stretches.
“There is nothing concrete – at the moment,” he said.
“We want to play 55 games this season and I think we are a little bit thin squad-wise.”
It’s slightly concerning for Gunners fans that Wenger appears to have only just noticed his squad lacks numbers, but his potential pursuit of Gustavo at least shows he plans on doing some transfer activity.
Gustavo is a tenacious tackler, can spot a pass, and possesses a tasty shot from outside the box, which means he should feel at home in the Premier League.
How necessary his addition is remains unclear, though, given the usual midfield duo, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere, are unlikely to be shifted out of the team all that often. He would be a good addition to the squad but Arsenal already have a fine midfield and for their team to compete for honours again they need to strengthen their weaknesses, not add simply add to their strengths.
Wenger needs to focus on Arsenal’s urgent priority: signing a striker.
How Arsenal fare next season will depend on their attacking options. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are worthy of a starting spot, but if Arsenal want to be serious title challengers they need to add a creative forward.
His character is questionable, but in the current market, having seen Gonzalo Higuain poached by Napoli, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else available—unless they wade in on the Wayne Rooney saga.
Wenger, though, is still holding out hope ahead of the new campaign.
“I am an optimist. That’s why I do this job. We have kept the squad together for the first time in many years so I am happy,” he said, per the Mirror.
The problem, Mr. Wenger, is that your optimism hasn’t delivered many players or trophies in the past eight years.