Lack of game time could see Arsenal man join Serie A giants

Albert Sambi Lokonga is still struggling to be a regular at Arsenal, two seasons after he joined the club.

The Belgian was a starter at the Emirates at the beginning of the last campaign, and he would have expected to keep his place in the team.

However, he did not cover himself in glory when he played for the club and the likes of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka moved ahead of him on the pecking order.

He has been struggling to regain his place in the team since then. There is more competition in midfield this term after the Gunners added Fabio Vieira to their squad and renewed the contract of Mohamed Elneny.

That could force him to leave and a report on Milan News claims he is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the new season.

It says AC Milan still has him on their radar and he is among the midfielders they are targeting before this transfer window closes.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Sambi Lokonga will struggle to break into the Arsenal first team and he probably should leave the club on loan.

The midfielder is still just 22, and he needs to play regularly at this stage of his career.

Because of this, he probably needs to leave the Emirates for the rest of this campaign.

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14 Comments

  1. Send him out on loan, I believe he will come good just Tavares is doing at the moment and of course Saliba. Xhaka won’t be around for too long and if things go against Partey him either. He has youth and time on his hands, so loaning him out will help out both parties

  2. No! keep him and play him when the damage is done then you bring in Elneny.. Nearly can’t not kill a bird.

  3. No, he needs to be kept, he’s a decent player and will be need when Partey breaks down or Xhaka gets sent off, as both events are inevitable.

  4. Lokonga should stay as injuries and suspensions are not that far away. But, Holding should be sold and replaced appropriately, as he isn’t good enough.

    1. Holding is an experience defender. I could remember last season hw he helped our squad at the bk when our defenders were injured..

  5. Arteta has the responsibility of balancing game-time for players. He has the chronic habit of overusing certain players at the expense of others. For instance, Saka, Xhaka v Pepe,…etc etc

  6. Loans, loans and more loans! I’m getting tired of loans.

    Are we becoming the football club that forgot how to develop young players? Are we becoming the club that forgot what it takes to hire the “right” players from the start?

    Maybe should just end the misery, clear the deck and rehire le prof, Arsene Wegner; he knew a thing or two about hiring and developing players.

    1. Remember those carling cup (or whatever it was called )years where we would see our fantastic youngsters go really far against proper first team players and still have faith in them in the later rounds .
      Fair play Wenger could get the best out of the young uns .

        1. Eddie went on loan, ESR went on loan, Wilshere went on loan, Bellerin went on loan… essentially all of our youth talents have dont at LEAST one loan besides for Bukayo Saka. We have patino out on loan right now. What is going to help him more, playing every week and getting used to the physicality of 1st team football, or just training and playing the odd league cup match?

  7. He will certainly get gametime in the Europa League group stages. And he should be pushing himself to be the starter over Xhaka this season. He’s had his season to adjust to the league and now its time to kick on. Almost 23 and should be knocking at the door about now.

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