Arsenal announce signing of Lokonga

Arsenal have completed their second signing after completing the transfer of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht. The 21-year old has signed a long term contract with the Gunners, and will travel with the rest of the squad for the pre-season camp.

Having played for Anderlecht for 10 years, Lokonga admitted he is confident of his big move to Arsenal. Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, 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.”

Asked about his preferred position, Lokonga said “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.”

An excited Mikel Arteta praised Lokonga and said “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.”

Technical director Edu echoed Arteta’s thoughts and said “We are delighted Albert has signed with us, as there was a lot of interest in him and he was a big target for us.”

Albert is a player we’ve been tracking for some time, and he will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield. We look forward to his continued development with us.”

Source: Sky Sports

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