Chelsea & Arsenal defender target issued discipline warning

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has issued a warning to defender Lewis Dunk over his ill-discipline.

The 19-year-old defender has been linked with moves to the Barclays Premier League, most notably Arsenal and Chelsea, after impressing at the start of the season with the Seagulls.

However, a string of bookings means Dunk will now sit out the weekend clash with Ipswich through suspension, and Poyet has warned that he may struggle to get back in the team.

"It's a problem for Lewis. He is not going to play at Ipswich and we have conceded too many goals," said the Uruguayan.

"So if we keep a clean sheet on Saturday he might have a problem getting back into the team."

The Metro reported earlier in the week that Arsenal were one of the first teams to take a look at Dunk this season, who has graduated through Brighton's academy ranks.

Gunners scouts were present during the 2-1 Caring Cup defeat to Liverpool last week, and Chelsea followed suit two days later when sending representatives from Stamford Bridge to watch the player in a 3-3 draw against Leeds.

It's claimed later in the report that both Arsenal and Chelsea will send scouts to watch the player once again, although it's unconfirmed as to whether they were present for the midweek defeat to Crystal Palace.


Speculation goes on to suggest Arsenal could offer reserve team players, along with £5 million, to secure the player's move to north London from the Amex Stadium, although a similar bid could put the Blues in a strong position to sign the teenager.

However, a lack of first team chances, as threatened by Poyet, could put an end to talk of a move to the Emirates with Arsenal, or switching to west London under Andre Villas-Boas.

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