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Luiz Gustavo Talks, And He Has A Lot To Say

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With Arsenal rumors swirling around his head, Luiz Gustavo addressed the scuttlebutt on a move to North London. Transparency is fantastic!

Scott Heavey

During this entire process, Luiz Gustavo has chosen, for the most part, to keep his mouth shut.

All of a sudden, links with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger turns Gustavo more gabby.

Speaking in Basel, Switzerland – where Gustavo, Dante and the rest of the Brazilian National Team will take on Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland on Wednesday – the 26-year-old spoke on a possible move to North London.

"My contract with Bayern runs until 2015, but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for the national team.

"I am in a delicate situation at Bayern, and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move. I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here, so of course I’d like to play for them.

"You have to earn a Brazil call-up every week, and one can’t simply think past glories will guarantee a place.

"There are still a couple of weeks before the transfer window, but I need to keep working. He [Guardiola] has not spoken to me specifically about my situation but personally and professionally there are questions I need to address.

"Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger. Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League, you could see they are not pushovers."

– Luiz Gustavo, ESPN FC

Wow. Talk about transparency. These quotes now add imminence to a transfer, a scenario that now looks inevitable.

Looking at the move itself, assuming the £17.2 million transfer fee Goal reported as confirmed between FC Bayern and Arsenal, it makes sense, going back to all the reasons that he mentioned. Plus, FC Bayern would technically make a profit, having bought the Brazilian international from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for €15 million.

The usual disclaimer to all this speculation applies: nothing is confirmed until either club does so themselves. That being said, the groundwork for a move seems apparent, so a confirmation could drop within the next 24 or 48 hours.