Arsenal sign Anderlecht midfielder Lokonga on ‘long-term contract’

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The 21-year-old joins Arsenal on a long-term contract after making 78 appearances for Anderlecht, where he played under former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

Arsenal have confirmed the Belgium U21 international will join up with his new teammates in the coming days after completing a mandatory isolation period.

“Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

“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 added: “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.”


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