Albert Sambi Lokonga says one Arsenal player runs rings around teammates in training
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Albert Sambi Lokonga says one Arsenal player runs rings around teammates in training

Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga says Nicolas Pepe is the most skilled player in the Gunners squad.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 in a club-record £72million move.

Pepe signed a five-year deal with the Gunners reportedly worth £140,000-a-week.

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However, the Ivory Coast international’s time at Arsenal has been fairly mixed.

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While there are moments of brilliance and great individual performances, he’s lacked consistency.

And it looks as though Mikel Arteta has decided to go for other options in the starting XI.

The Arsenal boss opted to leave Pepe on the bench against Spurs, a game the Gunners won 3-1.

Pepe then came on against Brighton, but in his 27 minutes of the pitch, he struggled for the most part.

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It remains to be seen whether the former Lille ace is now set for an extended run out of the starting XI.

However, there’s no doubt Pepe is an incredibly talented and skilled player.

Lokonga took part in a Q&A on Arsenal’s YouTube channel this week.

One of the questions was about who he thought was the most skilled player at the club.

“Pepe,” he replied. “Sometimes he can take the ball he can dribble [past] three or four people and score!”

Arsenal are next in action on Monday night when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

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