Arsenal has secured the signature of Anderlecht and Belgian youth midfielder. Albert Sambi Lokonga joins Arsenal on a long-term deal after playing at Anderlecht for 10 years. Since joining the senior team in 2017 Albert has made 69 appearances scoring three goals for Anderlecht.
After winning the admiration of a Premier League legend, Albert Sambi Lokonga’s football intelligence can be a huge asset to Arsenal. Lokonga was coached by Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, and Arteta, who worked with the ex-Manchester City captain on Pep Guardiola’s staff, did the expected background research on the highly-rated midfielder.
“Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development,” Arteta told his club’s official website. “He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had to Anderlecht in recent seasons. We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”
On his arrival, in an interview with the Gunners, he said “It’s a big move because I have been playing for Anderlecht for 10 years so it’s going to be my first big move to another country. It’s a big step, but I feel confident because we have to be. In the football world, you have to feel confident about yourself, but I’m looking to play in this league and I can’t wait to start.”
Arsenal Media asked if he sees himself as a box-to-box midfielder or an attacking playmaker, Lokonga said: “I can play both. I can play as a six and I can play like a box to box, but yeah, people say that I’m better in the six position.”