'Arsenal made a good decision': Director says Gunners have got themselves a 'top player'
Arsenal have finally completed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The 21-year-old has joined the Gunners from Anderlecht in a reported £15million deal plus add-ons.
Lokonga has signed a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium and will wear the No. 23 shirt.
The midfielder made his debut for Anderlecht in 2017 and has made 78 appearances, also earning himself the captain’s armband.
Arsenal have signed a “very good player”
Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke is pleased to see Lokonga move to Arsenal and has tipped him for success.
“Sambi is of course a very good player,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s one of the top talents coming from our academy.
“He can play as a defensive midfield player, he can play as a box-to-box player and, especially the last two seasons at the club, he has developed really well.
“He’s someone who is good on the ball, his technical ability in tight spaces is really good. Good short passing, good long passing.
“He’s always been a late developer so it’s only in the last season that his physical development really came into place.
“It means now he has the qualities to be able to recover more balls, he’s better in duels and that’s why I think he could develop in a role as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal in years to come.
“I think Arsenal made a good decision on him and I think he is going to be a top player for Arsenal in the years to come.”
Lokonga received his first Belgium call-up earlier this year when he was an unused substitute against Greece.
He has also won seven caps for his nation’s Under-21s, scoring twice.
Arsenal’s Premier League campaign gets under way at Brentford on August 13.