Arsenal legend says the Gunners should sign players like Brighton duo

Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Picture by Getty Images
Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Picture by Getty Images

Former Arsenal star Perry Groves wants Arsenal to sign players like Brighton & Hove Albion defenders Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Dunk and Duffy have formed a formidable partnership during their three seasons together on the south coast.

They played a key role in Brighton winning promotion from the Championship in 2016/17 and the Seagulls then keeping their place in the Premier League for the past two seasons.

Groves played more than 150 games for the Gunners, winning two league titles, from 1986 to 1992 and was speaking on TalkSPORT after Arsenal crashed to a 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final last week.

He believes Gunners boss Unai Emery needs to sign players with more heart and character as he felt that was missing in their defeat to the Blues.

Groves said: "The thing that was really worrying was the lack of heart and the lack of character.

“It pains me to say it about Spurs, but both them and Liverpool have heart and character – you saw that in the way they came back in the (Champions League) semi-finals.

"The remit now for Unai Emery is to go and find players (with heart and character). I'm not bothered about world-class players because Arsenal can't afford them. That ship has sailed.

"Now he's got to buy players where character and heart is the main thing. It's a bit like when George Graham came to Arsenal in 1986. He had to get rid of some high-earning players and put a heart and a soul back in.

"For £45m, you're now looking at the likes of Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth. He can play wide, he's got good ability and heart and character.

"The two centre-halves at Brighton, Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, they're better than what Arsenal have.

"They have fight, they have heart and they have character.

"They're the type of players (Arsenal need)."

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