Luiz Gustavo still on Arsene Wenger's radar

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Arsene Wenger is still interested in signing Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo after scouts were sent to watch the midfielder in his opening game of the new Bundesliga season against Bayern Munich last Friday. 

It has been well documented that Arsenal are looking to strengthen their midfield ranks by recruiting a defensive minded player like Gustavo but most of the attention has been on Real Madrid's, Sami Khedira. 

However, it appears that the Premier League side are keeping tabs on a couple of targets in the Bundesliga, one being Gustavo whilst the other is rumoured to be Sven Bender after it was reported in the Daily Mirror that Wenger had a spy present at the Borussia Dortmund opener yet Bender was on the bench in that game.

Greek defender, Kostas Manolas is also on their hit list but the 23-year-old has also been linked with Juventus and Roma.

Gustavo interest

The Brazilian was linked with a move to north London last summer after he had failed to seal a first-team spot in the Bayern Munich side and was soon shunned aside after the arrival of Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze. 

It was reported that the Gunners made a bid of £17 million however the midfielder decided to join Wolfsburg instead and stay in the country. 

After a blistering start to the Premier League campaign last year, they looked like genuine title contenders but like seasons before, they tailed off and many questioned the depth of Wenger's sqaud.

This is a problem that he wishes to address this season and he has already had one of the busiest summer's of his career. 

He has already brought in David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Callum Chambers and then he broke the bank to bring in Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona as he paid £35 million. 

But he is still not happy with the strength of his midfield as he is without Mikel Arteta who usually fills the slot holding the midfield. Ofcourse many were pleased with the return of Mathieu Flamini but Wenger has indicated that he wants a firmer choice ahead of the 30 year old Frenchman. 

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Future set at Wolfsburg? 

The 27-year-old Brazilian only signed for the Wolves last season and he still has four years left on his current contract and so the likely hood that Arsenal would be prepared to dish out on a reported £27.5 million release clause is still unlikely.

Besides, following last Friday's performance, although it was 2-1 defeat, there are clear signs that Wolfsburg are strong challengers for a Champions League spot this season.

Gustavo is the stable rock required to support Kevin De Bruyne and Aaron Hunt who both look to create chances. Also by keeping Ivica Olic on for another year, the side have a proven goalscorer to thrust upon.

It is still hard to comprehend why they opted to bring in Nicklas Bendtner after failing to lure Romelu Lukaku away from England when they are still reportedly interested in his team mate, Lukas Podolski.

The £100,000-a-week wage deal is perhaps a step too far for the German side to jump at but with still a week to go in the transfer market Hecking may have made the wrong choice folding and settling for the heavily mocked Dane. 

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