Arsenal midfield target Luiz Gustavo has revealed why he made the tough decision to join Wolfsburg despite interest from the Gunners.
The Brazilian international emerged as an Arsenal target after being told he was free to leave Bayern this summer.
Arsenal were believed to have tabled a bid of around £17 million, while Gustavo admitted he would be open to a move to the Emirates Stadium.
However Wolfsburg announced a deal for the combative defensive midfielder earlier today, meaning Arsenal are still without a major signing this summer.
Speaking after sealing his switch to Wolfsburg, Gustavo said that he chose to move to the Bundesliga club because he was comfortable in Germany, and also because the likelihood of regular football in a World Cup year.
"Wolfsburg are a top club. I like Germany. The security the country gives me," he said. "I have considered everything. I knew about everything. My heart decided on Wolfsburg.
"Wolfsburg have always been after me. They wanted me from the very beginning. That is the reason, I am here. It is a good project here."
The 26-year-old also added that Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari helped him make up his mind: “He spoke his mind and that helped me find a decision.
"There were many other factors, too. The situation was not easy but I was in a luxury position."
Arsenal are now facing up to the prospect of going into their first game of the new Premier League season having only landed young French striker Yaya Sanogo.
Arsene Wenger, who has so far this summer failed with attempts to land Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Lars Bender and Stevan Jovetic admits it has been a frustrating transfer window so far, but is adamant he won’t just spend for the sake of it.
“We would like two or three players more,” he said, “but we will not compromise on the quality of those players."