Journalist claims Arsenal summer signing is a matter of days away

Kristof Terreur has claimed that Arsenal are confident of wrapping up the signature of Albert Sambi Lokonga, and that it could be completed any day now.

The youngster has earned his place as Anderlecht’s club captain despite only being 21 years-old, having shown maturity beyond his years, and could bring some more leadership to our first-team squad.

We have been linked with his signature in recent weeks, and reports in Belgium claim that we are pretty certain of completing the deal, with one reporter going as far as to say that the move could be a matter of days away.

“Arsenal don’t have a lot of competition, so they’re quite sure they’ll get him,” Terreur told The Football Terrace. “It’s one that, if it doesn’t happen on Monday, it will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or the Monday after.”

It remains to be seen whether we will be looking at signing more central midfielders this summer, with Joe Willock expected to get his chance in the coming season.

We’ve already lost Dani Ceballos who returned to Real Madrid at the end of his second loan-stint, while Granit Xhaka could well leave the club also, which would leave just Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny as our senior options in the middle.


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  1. Smart signing young, cheap with potential to get better and it’s widely expected that he will not be a starter in the first 11 so bissouma is still a possibility, I would throw in locotelli or neves as alternatives.

  2. Is this guy any improvement to willock? I hope this Is not our replacement for xhaka because that would mean we are from bad to worse

  3. Different position to willcok. Lokonga is a young player with potential, mobile, good passing range, ball carrier and he was anderlecht captain at 20 years old, so leadership qualities. He is not coming in as a automatic starter so I fully expect us to sign another central midfielder. Bissouma neves or locotelli would be nice.

  4. To love Arsenal does not mean one has to be a lickspittle for the team propagandists. Many of whom seem to be the author of articles on this site.
    At a time when we need top class players to get us back up the table, we seem to be buying another unknown quantity.
    This lad may turn out to be a great addition, but as it stands, he has no experience of the Premier League or of International competition (at the top level).
    BUT HE IS CHEAP…..compared to some of the other options.
    If we do have a large pot of money to spend in this window, I worry that the Dynamic Duo will waste it. Then we will be up Schitt creek (US TV reference) for years to come!!!

  5. I have thought for a week or so now that THIS rumour is one that looks very likely to happen. I think he will be our player shortly.

  6. Sambi Lokonga is a very young player, he is like a rough diamond with extremely huge potential. Lokongas understandig of the game is fantastic. His price tag is moderate. Silly not to take him.

  7. Joe Willock absolutely derserves to get his chance in the coming season, but IMO that doesn’t mean, we should not sign Lokonga. Lokonga is a player for the future.

  8. All I want to know is who’s he coming in to replace…until I know that it’s impossible to properly assess this acquisition…this lad’s got skills and appears to be mature for his age, considering that Kompany gave him the armband in November, but I’m still a bit concerned about how this all translates in a much more competitive League…not to mention, I always wonder if this was a choice based on the preponderance of footballing evidence or primarily a financially motivated decision

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