While Glenn Murray proved his critics wrong last season with 12 goals, there’s no doubting what kept Albion in the Premier League. The club racked up the 8th best clean sheet tally, upholding the best defensive record in the bottom half of the league. By comparison, they only scored more than 3 sides.
At the heart of this solid defence was Lewis Dunk. The 26-year-old Brighton skipper has been essential to their success for years now, joining the club in 2010. Now that Albion are on the big stage, clubs are taking greater notice of his consistent quality. One such club are giants Arsenal, who had been linked with the defender.
However, Albion might just have been saved for now. While the club does have some defensive depth, especially since signing Nigerian international Leon Balogun, they will not want to lose their leader. Luckily, ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s replacement, Unai Emery, seems to have cooled off his team’s interest.
While Wenger was rumoured to move in for Dunk, it now seems that, for the time being, he will stay with Brighton. While the transfer window still has much life left, Albion have leapt one hurdle. Whether or not another club will swoop in remains to be seen, but Chris Hughton has remained adamant about his stance, refusing to sell to any sides he sees as fellow strugglers.
Dunk undoubtedly deserves the interest shown in him after his glittering debut Premier League season. While he could not be blamed for having his head turned by a side of Arsenal’s calibre, hopefully, he will remain content with Albion.