Are the Gunners finally about to—gasp—spend on the transfer market?
It appears that way, as rumours have start to spread that Arsenal has eyes for Bayern Munich's midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
And if those rumours are true, Arsenal is getting a player that will perfectly fit their system and fill a major need.
From the Metro:
Arsenal are believed to have agreed a £14m deal to sign Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo.
If Arsenal can agree personal terms with the 26-year-old he will become Arsene Wenger’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of French youngster Yaya Sanogo.
While Mikel Arteta played admirably as the holding midfielder for Arsenal last season, he's better suited playing further up the pitch, facilitating the attack. Aaron Ramsey has continued to play well this summer, as his energy and work rate continue to impress, but he doesn't have the physical presence that Gustavo brings.
The Bayern man fell out of favor last season, mostly due to the addition of Javi Martinez. With a glut of midfielders already available to the Bavarians, his departure from the club wouldn't be surprising.
When he did play, he was quite good for Bayern Munich. According to WhoScored.com, he had an average match rating of 7.08 in Bundesliga play. He completed 93 percent of his passes and averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per match.
And before you dock him points for failing to play a major role for Bayern Munich—he started just 20 games for Bayern Munich in all competitions—keep in mind that he was Brazil's first-choice defensive midfielder at the Confederations Cup, starting five matches and playing quite well for his country, paired with Paulinho.
In other words, this is a very good player buried on an incredibly deep and talented team in Munich. For Arsenal, he would shine.
Will Arsenal actually sign Luiz Gustavo?
And for Gooners, he would be a sight for sore eyes, as the club has promised big spending this summer but hasn't backed up that claim with any major signings. Luis Suarez has been a target, but Liverpool have all but said they would rather let the striker rot on the bench than sell him to Arsenal.
While adding an elite striker remains a major priority, adding a holding midfielder was always a need as well. In Gustavo, the Gunners would be bringing aboard a perfect fit.
Of course, until he signs on the dotted line, Gooners will continue to be skeptical of this potential transfer.
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