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Luiz Gustavo opts for Wolfsburg over Arsenal

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First Gonzalo Higuain, then Luis Suarez and now Luiz Gustavo - Arsene Wenger's transfer woe continues.

Gustavo, 26, had been widely tipped to join Arsenal but has instead opted to stay in the Bundesliga, signing for Wolfsburg on a five-year deal after leaving Bayern Munich.

Arsenal were said to have lodged a bid in the region of £17m but similarly with the deal to sign Higuain from Real Madrid, time wasting has cost their transfer endeavours once more.

Gustavo failed to cement a regular place in the first-team of Bayern's treble winning side last season and with the prospect of a World Cup approaching in his native country, the Brazilian needs regular first-team football to break into Luiz Felipe Scolari's side. 

A statement released on Wolfsburg's official website read: "Luiz Gustavo has transferred with immediate effect from Bayern Munich to Vfl Wolfsburg.

"The 26-year old midfielder has signed a contract until 2018 and will be officially presented today (Friday) in Wolfsburg.

"Both sides have agreed to remain silent about the transfer arrangements."

The news comes as another blow to Arsenal fans title hopes, with the side failing thus far to make any marquee signings.

Wenger's squad has become worryingly thin ahead of the new Premier League season which starts tomorrow - due to the departures of Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Andrei Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Andre Santos as well as injuries to the likes of Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen and Barcay Sagna .

The Arsenal boss has only managed to bring in 20-year-old Frenchman Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.

Like with Gustavo, Arsenal were also favourites to snap up Argentinean striker Higuain from Real Madrid but a late intervention from Napoli saw the striker opt for the Serie A instead of the Premier League. 

Wenger has also seen a £40m and £1 bid rejected by Liverpool for want-away striker Luis Suarez, with the club standing firm that the Uruguayan will not be leaving the club. 

 

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