Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at home yesterday, but a little cameo by Albert Sambi Lokonga in the second half really impressed Arsenal fans.
The Belgian joined us from Anderlecht last month for around £17.2 million. (BBC) Not much was expected of the youngster ahead of the new season, but his performances so far have really excited Arsenal supporters.
Lokonga replaced Mohamed Elneny in the second half of our game against Chelsea yesterday. The Belgian looked incredibly calm on the ball, picked out a few fantastic passes and showed immense courage to take players on.
Sambi looks like a real gem. He was expected by many to play second fiddle to Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka, but the former’s injury could now make Lokonga a really important player for us.
Lokonga could be key for Arsenal
Mikel Arteta revealed yesterday that Partey’s injury isn’t looking good. The Ghanaian is set to have a scan sometime today, but initial signs don’t look great, and that is a real worry ahead of the start of the new season.
If Partey is ruled out for a long time, Arsenal will have to dive into the transfer market to bring in a new midfielder. However, the new Premier League season is less than two weeks away, and it’s almost impossible for us to replace the Ghanaian by then.
That could open the door for Lokonga to start against Brentford on the opening day. It will be a tough ask of the 21-year-old, but he really does seem ready for a challenge, and his performance yesterday showed that he isn’t fazed by anything.
Lokonga really has impressed Arsenal fans. Here’s how a few Gooners reacted to his second-half cameo on Twitter.