Lokonga continues bright start to life at Arsenal by excelling against Norwich


ootball is all about taking your chances and right now Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is seizing his opportunity.

Without Thomas Partey not fit enough to start, Lokonga was charged with running the midfield and stepped up to the plate.

Little was known about the Belgian when he joined from Anderlecht this summer, but the early signs are very promising.

“Sambi came in from Belgium with a tight hamstring and only trained half a day,” revealed Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s win on Saturday.

“The way we wanted to play, we didn’t have options because players were injured or suspended in midfield and we were really short because Emile wasn’t available to play either.

“[Sambi] made a big effort to play here and that is one of the reasons when I tell you how much these boys want to do it and nobody is hiding in difficult moments, they just want to get over the line and he showed a good example.”

Bar Nuno Tavares, and perhaps Takehiro Tomiyasu, Lokonga was the least known of Arsenal’s summer signings.

The club shelled out around £15m to sign him from Anderlecht and the noises from Belgium is that the Gunners had signed a player with talent, but he was also a youngster that needed time to settle.

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