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Arsenal summer signing reveals what Mikel Arteta expects from him

Albert Sambi Lokonga, Arsenal
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Despite impressing the Gunners boss so far, Albert Sambi Lokonga is aware he cannot rest on his laurels anytime soon.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expects more to come from summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The Belgian midfielder has impressed following his €17.5 million arrival from Anderlecht in July, a move that the legendary Thierry Henry reportedly recommended to Arsenal.

Lokonga has since started seven times in the club’s 11 Premier League games this season. The 18-year-old’s opportunities have increased since Granit Xhaka’s knee injury, and he has made the most of it.

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“Yes, it’s gone a bit quicker than expected, but I was well prepared physically, mentally and on a football level,” Lokonga told RTBF on his start at the Emirates.

“I don’t want to say that I had the required qualities, but apparently they suit the manager. I’m fighting for my spot, I play games and I’m getting minutes. I’m very happy. I made the right choice, but I already knew that.”

On his relationship with Arteta, the Belgian added: “The manager speaks to me a lot. I like that, but he doesn’t let me rest. I was told that he’d said that my integration and my performances impressed him. Good, but next year, he’ll see an even better Sambi!”

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