First off: we thoroughly apologise for the title, but if we hadn’t of gone for it, then we probably would’ve hated ourselves forever.
Some people know and others don’t, but Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk has actually been linked to Arsenal a handful of times now. The 26-year-old, who is a hometown hero of sorts, has been at the club since 2010 with many long-since believing that he deserved a move to one of the Premier League’s elite. Alas, it seems as if for now, he’ll have to wait and see what happens throughout the remainder of his tenure with the Seagulls.
Following a promising campaign with Brighton, in which they survived their first season in the Premier League, Dunk was on the radar of the one and only Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman was keeping tabs on him for a while prior to his exit from the club, but as has been the case with several players over the last few weeks, Unai Emery has different plans for what he wants the Gunners, as a team, to look like at the start of the 2018/19 season.
With Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner having already been confirmed you could argue that Emery has gone for name value with his first two signings, and with Jack Wilshere’s impending departure, there’s an argument to be made that he wants to implement a series of foreign players into the starting XI as opposed to young English talent.
Apparently other clubs around the top flight are sniffing around Dunk and could be interested in making a bid, but the report suggests that Brighton aren’t willing to sell to one of their PL rivals – which makes sense, although you have to question why they aren’t perhaps aiming higher than just avoiding relegation this season.
We understand that second season syndrome is a very real possibility, but at the same time, their first season was very promising. They looked like a top-half team at times despite finishing in 15th, and if they can bring in a handful of experienced reinforcements as well as promising young stars, they could go even further next season.
As for Arsenal, it’ll be interesting to monitor Emery’s movements from this point on. He seems very set in his ways regarding who he wants and who he doesn’t want, so perhaps the first few months of the campaign will serve as a ‘trial and error’ kind of period.
Should Arsenal have tried to sign Lewis Dunk?