Luiz Gustavo has welcomed a potential move to Arsenal with the club hopeful of completing a £14m deal for the Bayern Munich defensive midfielder this week.

Having played a pivotal role for Brazil in the Confederations Cup despite spending most of the European season as understudy to Javi Martínez in the Bundesliga and the Champions League Gustavo feels his first-team appearances for the German club will become even more scarce under Pep Guardiola and would jump at the chance to move to the Emirates.

"My contract with Bayern runs until 2015 but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for Brazil. I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move" he said on arrival in Basel for Brazil's friendly against Switzerland. "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."

Gustavo has also reportedly been targeted by the 2009 Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg while Napoli are also interested but it is a move to the Emirates that really catches his eye. "Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsène Wenger. Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League [on aggregate] you could see they are not pushovers."

Praised by Luiz Felipe Scolari who has said Gustavo's reserve status at Bayern will not hamper his national team chances the midfielder fears competition from countrymen racking up more appearances could change the Brazil manager's mind. "Nobody earns a place in the Brazil squad with past glories. I need to be playing to show I am in proper shape for the team especially now that we have only friendlies before the World Cup" he said.

After starting only 20 games for Bayern last season owing to the club breaking the Bundesliga transfer record to sign Martínez for €40m Gustavo was given the impression his appearances would be even more scarce with the arrival of Thiago Alcântara Guardiola's main signing since taking over the European champions.

His fears seem to have been confirmed following talks with Guardiola. "We have talked a couple of times but he has not spoken to me specifically about my situation" Gustavo said. "Personally and professionally there are questions I need to address. The transfer window will close in a couple of weeks."