Rumour has it that Arsene Wenger has identified the Brazilian Luis Gustavo as the man to add some much needed steel to the spine of the Arsenal team. Wenger was heavily linked with a number of defensive midfielders in the summer, but nobody joined. The Arsenal boss seemed to have been proved right earlier in the season, when Abou Diaby was playing, but his injury woes have struck again.
The Gunners cannot afford to rely on the fitness of Diaby, and so Wenger is likely to sign a combative midfielder in January. The Mail reports that Gustavo, the 25-year old Bayern Munich midfielder, has jumped to the top of Wenger’s list after reports that the Brazilian had fallen out with his bosses at the German club.
Gustavo is a great all-rounder who can get forward and score as well as disrupting opposition play. His ball playing skills would make him at home with Wilshere and the others and add power and energy to the Arsenal team. With a contract until 2015, he will not be cheap, but Wenger is hoping that a bid of £10 million will do the trick, apparently.
Having made just nine appearances for Munich this season, Gustavo is looking for a move, but has just had a minor operation for a troublesome groin problem. He is expected to be ready for action again by the end of January, but will it be in Germany or in North London?