A transfer window wouldn't be complete without Arsenal being linked with Luiz Gustavo. It's a warm and familiar rumour and, this time around especially, makes some sense. Arsenal need someone able to take defensive responsibility in midfield and someone with energy and verve, Gustavo ticks those boxes and also has a buyout clause of a reasonable €25m.
The Brazilian international can even fill in as a central defender and at left-back if required, what's there not to love? Ok, maybe a certain game at the World Cup but no Brazilians came out of that well and Gustavo was enjoying a good World Cup up to that point.
The Mirror said on Sunday that Arsene Wenger had sent scouts to run the rule over Gustavo for Wolfsburg's defeat to Bayern Munich. There was the idea of a deal involving Lukas Podolski mentioned and that made some sense too, Wolfsburg have been trying to sign a big name forward all summer, with no success yet.
However, according to his agent Gustavo simply isn't up for the move and would prefer to stay where he is. Wolfsburger Algemaine quote Roger Wittmann as saying "Luiz has chosen to stay in Wolfsburg. So the issue is settled. Done!"
Those Arsenal fans very keen on signing Gustavo can perhaps take some comfort from the possibility that Wittmann is simply telling the local media what they want to hear and therefore not endangering the status of his client with Wolfsburg fans.