Arsenal have completed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht on a long-term contract. The 21-year old played under vincent Kompany and made a total of 78 appearances for the club.
“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,” Albert Sambi Lokonga said after completing his move to the Arsenal. “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.”
“I can play both,” Lokonga said when asked if he prefers to play as a box-to-box midfielder or more attacking. “I can play as a six and I can play like a box to box, but people say that I’m better in the six position.”
Lokonga will join the rest of the squad once he has completed his mandatory isolation period. The arsenal team will be traveling to Florida for their pre-season camp. Lokonga was called up to the national team this year but was an unused substitute.
“Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “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 on Anderlecht in recent seasons.”