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Ray Parlour suggests Arsenal target Brighton defender Lewis Dunk

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Ray Parlour suggests Arsenal target Brighton defender Lewis Dunk

Ray Parlour has suggested that Arsenal consider trying to sign Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

The 28-year-old is captain of Premier League outfit Brighton and has played 292 senior games for them, after coming through the academy as a boyhood fan.

He is a 6ft 4in colossus centre-back that is an ever-present in his team’s starting XI and has proven himself in the top-flight during recent years.

Dunk has played in 22 games this season for the Seagulls, chipping in with two goals and three assists.

He’s a serious threat in the air when he goes forward into the box and he has earned one senior cap for England, but hasn’t been involved with in an international squad since 2018.

Parlour has claimed that the Brighton enforcer should be the type of player Arsenal look to sign to improve their defence.

 

“I’d take a gamble on people like Lewis Dunk. Is it a gamble? £30million/£40million would Brighton take that I don’t know?” Parlour told talkSPORT.

“I like the way he plays, I think he’s a proper centre-back. That’s what you need sometimes. Someone like Lewis Dunk who probably is a little bit unlucky not to be more in the England squads.”

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TBR’s View:

Dunk is a no-nonsense defender that has been extremely consistent at the heart of the Brighton backline in recent seasons and he has the potential to make the step up.

The £45,000-a-week star is confident in possession and can play out from the back, but his main strength is that he loves defending and putting his body on the line.

There is no doubt that Mikel Arteta’s squad lacks quality at centre-back and improving that position should be a priority at the Emirates Stadium.

It seems extremely late in the January window for the Gunners to make a move for Dunk, but he would be an intriguing target.

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