19 Jul Arsenal signal Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht on long-term contract
Arsenal have introduced the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht on a long-term contract.
Football4cast reported that Arsenal have been near agreeing a deal to signal the 21-year-old midfielder final month.
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Lokonga made his senior debut for Anderlecht in 2017 after coming by the membership’s youth academy and made his breakthrough within the 2019-20 marketing campaign with 26 appearances in all competitions.
He established himself as an everyday underneath supervisor Vincent Kompany final season and featured 37 instances throughout all competitions, additionally chipping in with three objectives and three assists.
“Albert is a really clever participant who has proven nice maturity in his performances throughout his improvement,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned. “He has been coached effectively by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I do know Vincent very effectively and he talks so extremely about Albert and the constructive influence he needed to Anderlecht in current seasons.
“We’re assured Albert’s prepared for the subsequent stage in his improvement and we’re trying ahead to welcoming a brand new member to our squad along with his high quality and presence.”
Arteta is eager on strengthening his midfield choices this summer season with Dani Ceballos now again at Actual Madrid, Granit Xhaka in negotiations to affix Roma and s Lucas Torreira accessible for transfer. In the meantime, Matteo Guendouzi has left to affix Marseille.
Sources instructed Football4cast the Gunners had scouted Lokonga for a while, courting again to earlier than the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lokonga has been capped seven instances at Below-21 stage for Belgium and acquired a call-up to Roberto Martinez’s senior facet in March however was an unused substitute.
He’s Arsenal’s second signing of the summer season following the arrival of defender Nuno Tavares from Benfica this month.
Arsenal completed eighth within the Premier League final season and can start their 2021-22 marketing campaign at newly promoted Brentford on Aug. 13