Arsenal correspondent likens prospective Lokonga signing to Matteo Guendouzi’s

Charles Watts has likened Albert Sambi Lokonga‘s prospective deal to that of Matteo Guendouzi, who initially joined Arsenal as one for the future before playing a first-team role in his debut season.

The Frenchman arrived from Lorient in 2018 and was expected to be a player for the future, but after impressing in pre-season training made his debut for the club in their very first league fixture of the campaign, in a 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

The Goal correspondent has likened Lokonga’s proposed deal, which is believed to be close to completion at present, as similar to that, in that he is currently viewed as one for the future, albeit having the potential to make an impact in training which could see him play a first-team role this term.

Watts told his YouTube followers: “This bid is apparently a lot closer to what Anderlecht want, but they still need to get the clauses done, get the exact structure of the deal made up to suit all parties, but it seems as though this is one that is edging closer and closer to completion, which will be a big boost for Arsenal because they really like Lokonga and Edu and Arteta are very keen on him.

“See I’ve been told when I’ve been speaking to people about this that he’s very much seen as one for the future, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to go into the first-team. When Guendouzi signed he was seen as one for the future, but he went straight into the first-team because he impressed so much in pre-season.”

I’m excited to see what Sambi can do alongside Thomas Partey, but we may well have to wait a little while to see that with another central midfielder surely on our wishlist, especially if Granit Xhaka is to depart the club.


Tags Albert Sambi Lokonga Charles Watts Matteo Guendouzi


  1. We should definitely sign one of Bissouma or Locatelli to partner partey. With juventus apparently struggling to pay the asking price to sassuolo and thus turning their attention to xhaka there could be an opening for us to swoop in, not that I’m confident of us doing so.

    1. I don’t know but i think Locatelli might be slow for the epl. Bissouma maybe. But then we have afcon as another stumbling block. Camavinga is my choice midfielder to partner partey but then they are both box to box. It will be interesting to see what the club does in this situation cos i know Lokonga isn’t a Xhaka replacement.

  2. Well it seems that Albert Sambi Lokonga is gonna be our first buy and according to those in the know he is quite a player. Still though, we desperately need a creative midfield maestro a la Santi Cazorla, ‘the boss’. Nabil Fekir at a lower price or James Maddison at the top end suit our needs. Without a quality playmaker, no vast improvement likely. Until we really get our playmaker, maestro, I’ll be struggling to see our creative flair improve. Lets hope after the Euros we really go for it. Won’t be long and Pre-Season will be on us and we need to give new players a good pre-season to bed in.

  3. Bissouma is a must for Arsenal considering his PL experience and the fact that he wants to join Arsenal. AFCON is not much of a problem because he will be missing only one PL match of importance and the rest are Cup games, so his signing must not be compromised due to AFCON.

  4. I’m wondering what’s causing the delay on his transfer to Arsenal @gunnerforlife.
    Our transfers are taking too long to conclude.

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