Former Gunner wants Arsenal to make a move for Premier League defender

Mikel Arteta urged to make a move for Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

Arsenal has had problems at the back this season and it seemed like they would solve that problem when they flew Pablo Mari down for his medical.

However, the Spaniard returned to Brazil with reports some reports claiming the deal is dead in the water and others saying it is still very much alive.

Mikel Arteta has been open about his desire to sign a new defender this month and the injury to Calum Chambers has made it even more important.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged Arteta to look no further than in the Premier League and he reckons that Lewis Dunk at Brighton can be just the solution that he needs.

He insists that the defender might be playing for a team like Brighton but he can become a world-class player under Mikel Arteta.

“I’d take a gamble on people like Lewis Dunk,” the former Gunners midfielder said during an appearance on Talksport, per the Express. “Is it a gamble? £30million/£40million would Brighton take that I don’t know?

“I like the way he plays, I think he’s a proper centre-back. That’s what you need sometimes.

“Sol Campbell was a proper centre-back, he was a stopper. He would stop you scoring and that’s what you want from your centre-back, they don’t need to be great on the ball.

“Someone like Lewis Dunk, who probably is a little bit unlucky not to be more in the England squads.”

Parlour is the second pundit this week to call on Arsenal to try and sign Dunk. Former Tottenham player Jamie O’Hara has more or less said the same thing.


  1. Shakir says:

    MA’s system requires players who are good with the ball on their feet.
    Is lewis dunk good?I have not watched him thoroughly but i know for a fact that brighton can play out from the back…

    1. Diogenes says:

      Probably too expensive for us.
      He’s 28 and Brighton apparently expect between 45 – 50 mil. for him.
      That is a number that makes sense if he’s both great defensively and a baller to boot.
      For us, who are already getting Saliba, I don’t think we’ll spend as heavily on another CB when we have only one proper DM (Torreira) and only Ozil as a creative playmaker (when Ceballos leaves).
      I think we may spend big (40M +) only on a creative player in the next 6 – 8 months.
      Unless we make a good sale or two (which doesn’t seem likely at the moment).

      Remember – a large part of our transfer budget will go to paying last year’s instalments.

      1. Shakir says:

        I think MA will improve willock,ESR into good no.10s so they might be the ozil replacement.
        The defence is somewhat we have to look into and the defensive midfield area as well.

        I saw a report that says we may get matviyenko and the athletic has reported that ceballos is not happy and will possibly look for a move(Real betis and valencia are said to be interested)

  2. Sue says:

    Apparently the issue is resolved with Mari….

    1. GB says:

      Yes Sue, it’s a done deal, as Kev would say😉

  3. McLovin says:

    Off topic to last thread: Eriksen can’t play for Inter in Europa League, as he has featured for Spurs already in the CL this season.

    1. GB says:

      Eriksen can play for Inter in the Europa League.
      The rules were changed by UEFA in February 2019.

  4. S says:

    Let me guess what Dunk is thinking:
    “I’m not going there, I’ll get injured!”
    Yep, built our own grave didn’t we?
    Freak injuries can happen and you get unlucky, but if multiple players over multiple seasons suffer career-ending ankle/knee/leg cracks under us then WE’RE not doing something right.

  5. SAGooner says:

    Why not Nathan Ake?

  6. AUBA_14 says:

    Not to specify this player, but I can’t understand why Arsenal never buy Premier League players. I think it is always a better option. Every time we buy a player from another league, we have to wait for him to ‘adapt’ to the BPL. Just look at Liverpool with Mané and Van Dyke, they both had an immediate impact when they came.
    But Premier League players are usually more expensive so…you know Arsenal!

    1. eagles007 says:

      that can’t be true, abumeyang was bought in from Dortmund and he has been our best player,chambers was bought in from southampton and I still can placed him ahead of Luis.dont agree with that logic of yours pal

  7. Siamois says:

    He apparently is a summer target for Chelsea with BC whom we can’t compete!

  8. RSH says:

    Mings or this guy would be a great signing. Get CB’s domestically that are EPL made…

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