Arsenal end interest in 26-year-old Premier League defender – report

Arsenal are no longer interested in a deal to sign Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, according to a report

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Unai Emery has instructed Arsenal to end their pursuit of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk, according to a report in England.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Dunk has been informed that the Gunners are no longer interested in a potential deal to sign the 26-year-old centre-half.

The same article states that Emery’s transfer plans differ to his predecessor Arsene Wenger and Dunk is no longer a target for the north London side.

According to the same story, the Brighton defender is attracting interest from a number of top-flight clubs but the Seagulls don’t want to sell the Englishman.

The Gunners have already signed Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner from Serie A champions Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal have also recruited Germany international Bernd Leno in a reported £20m deal from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.

The north London side finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a spot in the Champions League for the second successive campaign.

The Gunners lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Wenger stood down after 22 seasons in charge of the north London side back in May to prompt the appointment of Emery as the new Gunners manager.

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