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Arsenal sign Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht

Mon 19 July 2021 | 16:10

Arsenal have completed the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga on a long-term deal.

The 21-year-old, who made his senior debut for

Anderlecht

in 2017, has joined the Gunners for a reported fee of £15 million and will wear No. 23 shirt.

"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."

The midfielder will join his new teammates in the coming days and will travel with the squad to Florida for a pre-season tour.

Arsenal

boss Mikel Arteta told the

club website

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“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."

Arsenal are also closing in on the transfer of

Brighton

defender

Ben White

, for £50m, having already secured

Nuno Tavares

from

Benfica

for £8m.


source: SportMob