Arsenal have made official the signing of Belgian youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga, who arrives from Anderlecht and, at 21, promises to be a Premier League warrior after being endorsed by Vincent Kompany and other experts from the Belgium national team.
Sambi Lokonga has joined Arsenal from Anderlecht on a long-term contract until 30th June 2026. The transfer fee is around 17.5 million euros.
The 21-year-old midfielder came through the Belgian club’s youth ranks after joining in 2014 as a 15-year-old and signing his first professional contract in November 2017.
He made his first-team debut for Anderlecht in December 2017 and has been a regular in their side over the past two seasons, making a total of 78 appearances.
A Belgium Under-21 international, Albert was called up at senior level in March 2021 when he was an unused substitute against Greece. “I can’t wait to play at the Emirates Stadium, I can’t wait!” said the Belgian in his first words for Arsenal.
“We are delighted Albert has signed with us, as there was a lot of interest in him and he was a big target for us. Albert is a player we’ve been tracking for some time, and he will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield. We look forward to his continued development with us.” said Edu, Arsenal’s sporting director.
The promising midfielder will join up with his new team-mates in the coming days after he has completed the current isolation regulations for international arrivals into the UK.
His new coach, Mikel Arteta, said: “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development. He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had at Anderlecht in recent seasons. We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”