Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke has said that Arsenal’s new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga will have no trouble adjusting to the Premier League.
The Gunners reinforced their midfield with the arrival of the 21-year-old on Monday. The Belgian has signed for an undisclosed fee and will wear jersey number 23. Lokonga will be a crucial signing as Arsenal have lost Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard. They could also lose Granit Xhaka.
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised the player’s intelligence and the fact that he has worked with Vincent Kompany.
The former Manchester City defender has become Anderlecht’s manager. However, he is not the only club figure who believes Lokonga can impress in the Premier League.
Club director Verbeke told Sky Sports News: “Of course Sambi is a very good player. He is one of the best talents from our academy.
“He can play like a defensive midfielder, he can also play like a box-to-box player. Especially in the last two seasons at the club, he has developed really well.
“Sambi is someone who is good with the ball. His technical ability in tight spaces is really good: good short and long passes.
“Sambi has been the captain of the club, of a very young Anderlecht of course. He was still a natural captain and leader on and off the pitch, and I’d say he’s a very open-minded person. “
Verbeke added that he believes Lokonga will have no problem settling in at Arsenal.
The Gunners face a crucial campaign after finishing ninth in the Premier League last season.
Lokonga backed to impress Arsenal
“I think he will settle down very well in a new club,” said Verbeke.
“Because his technical ability is so good, I don’t think there will be any adaptation problems.
“Of course the Premier League is a higher level than the Belgian league, but the guys who have developed in Anderlecht like Youri Tielemans and Romelu Lukaku, I think they settled down well because they received a good education at the Anderlecht academy.
Then I hope Sambi does the same.
Lokonga arrived as Arsenal’s second signing in the summer, after the signing of side Nuno Tavares of Benfica.
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