By Gideon Adonai
Arsenal have completed Albert Sambi Lokonga signing from Anderlecht for £18m as coach Mikel Arteta continues to shape squad for 2021-22 season
The 21-year-old joins Arsenal on a long-term contract after making 78 appearances for the Belgian club, where he played under former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
“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,” Lokonga told Arsenal’s website.
“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.”
When asked if he prefers to play as a box-to-box midfielder or in a more attacking role, Lokonga added, “I can play both.
“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.”
Arsenal have confirmed Lokonga will join up with his new team-mates in the coming days after completing a mandatory isolation period for international travellers.
Arsenal manager, Arteta, told the club website, “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development. 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.”