Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to sign Brighton defender Lewis Dunk over Pablo Mari before the end of the winter transfer window.
The North London club are in the market for a centre-back after Calum Chamers season ending injury for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and Mari has been identified as a top target this month.
Arsenal technical director Edu agreed on a contract with Brazilian club Flamengo for Mari last week and the Spanish defender travelled to London to pass the medical.
However, the move could be collapsed after Flamengo director accused the Gunners of changing the terms of their agreement.
Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus has also played down the North London club’s chances of landing Mari before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Arsenal legend Parlour believes that Arsenal should sign a defender who has proved himself in the Premier League and urged to sign Dunk.
‘If I really had to go and buy one, whether you’ve got the money to do it or not, I’d take a gamble on a player like Lewis Dunk,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.
‘£30million, £40million, would Brighton take that? I don’t know.
‘I like the way he plays, he’s a proper centre-back. That’s what you need sometimes.
‘Sol Campbell was a proper centre-back when I played, he’d stop you scoring, and that’s what you want from your centre-half.
‘He doesn’t have to be great on the ball at times. We’re talking about different players [in quality].
‘Sol was one of the best centre halves around at that time.
‘But someone like Lewis Dunk, who’s probably a little bit unlucky not to be in more England squads, I’m sure Brighton fans don’t want to be losing a player like that.’