The Belgian joined us from Anderlecht last year for £18 million (Goal). He was absolutely incredible in the first half of the campaign, but since the turn of the year, he has struggled.
Arsenal boss Arteta should use Saliba trick to make Lokonga a superstar
Lokonga came out and claimed this month that he was considering his future at Arsenal at the end of last season. “I almost snapped,” he said (per 90min), and we can’t imagine he’d be much happier now considering he has only started two games in the Premier League.
The Belgian started against PSV Eindhoven last night, and he was really poor. The quality he showed at the start of last season seems to have disappeared, but we all know there’s a brilliant player there.
Arsenal will almost certainly try to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window. Mohamed Elneny will also be back from his injury, which would push Lokonga further down the pecking order.
The best thing for Arsenal and Lokonga would be to send him out on loan. Playing regular football will surely help the Belgian become a top-quality player – just look at William Saliba.
Arteta was adamant that the Frenchman was not ready for Premier League football. He made the young defender go out on loan twice – first to Nice for six months and then to Marseille for the whole of last season.
Saliba became a star in France, and he’s now one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He has been brilliant for us since the start of the season and is one of the biggest reasons why we’re on top of the table.
If Lokonga is sent out for loan in the second half of this season, he could become fantastic too.
The Belgian is good on the ball, can drive into the final third and can have a real impact there. He has all the qualities to become a top player in the coming years, but he just needs to play regular football.
It will be interesting to see what will happen with Lokonga in January, but we believe a loan move could really help him become as good as Saliba is today.