Arsenal announce long-awaited Sambi Lokonga as second summer signing

Arsenal have finally announced the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht as the clubโ€™s second signing of the summer.

The Belgian midfielder has finally completed his move to North London where he will vie with the likes of Mo Elneny, Thomas Partey and Joe Willock for a role for the upcoming campaign, with him being given the number 23 shirt.

Lokonga was the first name to be strongly linked with the switch to the Emirates, but Nuno Tavares was the first name to be confirmed as joining the club, and the Portuguese made his debut on Saturday in our draw with Rangers, scoring an impressive goal to kickstart his time with Arsenal.

The 21 year-old will be hoping he can have an immediate impact for his new team when he joins up with the playing squad, with hopes that his signing has come in time for him to play a role in the Florida Cup, with us set to take on Inter Milan in 7 days time.

Ben White is expected to be the next name who we are expecting to be confirmed as the latest Arsenal player, with the DailyMail claiming his medical is scheduled in for next Monday, which will likely mean that he will miss our trip to the US.

Patrick

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31 Comments

  1. Seems like a confident yet humble lad. I think he’ll surprise a lot of people this season.

    Welcome to the fam, Sambi!

  2. Welcome to the Sambi Lokonga let’s hope that we can have a much better season than the previous one,

  3. Donโ€™t know why I am feeling positive about him. Hope he has a career with us.
    Welcome to the Arsenal family.

    I believe he is central midfielder. Are we going to see another new signing in Central midfielder, whether Xhaka leaves or not?
    No one knows.

    LB – Tavares
    CM – Lokonga, ??
    GK – ?
    AM – ?
    RB – ?

    These are the next positions that should be filled.

    I strongly believe Lacazette, Aubameyang, Balogun can contribute well to the goal scoring this season.

  4. What a glorious day!
    Another signing; up next White.. and not a pensioner in sight! Happy days

    Welcome to the home of football, Sambi ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sue, what a wonderful comment, thank you kindly for making me laugh.i am not sure if britain is experiencing the weather that is in ireland for the past week or so, it is mighty. 25 degrees every day, and to get hotter by wednesday,phew.if you guys are having the same weather as us then please enjoy.

      1. Itโ€™s been 31 here the last 3 days but have a dog so canโ€™t take him out and have to admit itโ€™s a bit hot for us too. You enjoy.

        1. Declan, where in the world do you live, if i may ask. 31 degrees and i would be melting all my fat away, which might not be a bad thing ,lol. oh wow, no thanks. we are more used to 20 degrees here.

      2. Hi Gerry, hope you’re keeping well. It’s been scorching here – walk the dog @ 6am weather.. I certainly picked the right week to have off work!
        Enjoy the sunshine, Gerry!

  5. Welcome aboard Sambi! sorry it took so long to get you over the line, as it tends to make things a little anti-climatic, but such is the way in North London…now let’s get to the real business at hand, finding viable starters for our highest positional “needs”

      1. Good signing though Dan – kronkie is certainly pushing the boat out for MA, especially if the reported White deal goes through – amounting to a reported just under ยฃ90,000,000 on three players and I believe our highest ever transfer window payout…. despite the coronavirus situation!!!!!

          1. Regarding the fees we are seeing this season and the reported transfers incoming from other clubs this could be a record season on money spent ,maybe a few financial experts on here who keep bleating on about how covid would impact clubs should find a new profession .

  6. I must say I am happy to see a strong young midfielder signed. We only had Partey, Willock and Elneny, so Lokonga is sure to get game time. Next James Maddison please.

  7. Highly regarded by Kompany, Henri and Martnez.Let’s hope their recommendations are well founded and that young Sambi has a long and successful career with the Gunners.At least one other midfielder required if Xhaka moves on as expected.

  8. Sambi Lokonga is an uncut diamant. A player who I think will get a great Arsenal career.

    1. Sambi Lokonga is an uncut diamond. A player who I think will get a great Arsenal career. A very good signing.

  9. Welcome to Arsenal Sambi,bring in teun koopmeiners,he is good in long pass and best free kicks,best central mildfider

  10. A great addition to our big family. We may disagree on many ssue but these are the kind of news that bring us together as one big arsenal family.

    It’s gradually becoming the summer of a life time with Ben White sure to join, Aouar rumoured to be next instead of Madison. If we can add a little more in the area of RB and one more CM in Koopmeiners them I will be gunning for the top 4. Then a back-up GK.

    Still need a big clear out sales. Elneny, Xhaka, Willock, Torreira, Bellerin, Cedric etc all need to find a new club. Now there is one thing we all need to do and that’s support the team.
    COYG

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