Fan have been told Belgian International ‘will be an Arsenal player’ this summer
Albert Sambi Lokonga’s brother has ruled out a transfer move away from Arsenal for the midfielder.
The Belgium international midfielder moved to Emirates Stadium last summer in a £15.75m deal from Anderlecht as he was Viewed as one of his country’s brightest prospects.
He quickly became a regular in the Arsenal squad too -putting in some solid performances – but his game-time quickly began to wane and he has now made just 24 appearances in all competitions this season
That has led to suggestions that Arsenal are open to letting the player leave the club on-loan in the transfer window or on a permanent basis if the right offer arrives – as Mikel Arteta needs to revamp his squad
However – it seems that he is not going nowhere after his brother come out and revealed that Lokonga will be staying at the Emirates – Paul-José M’Poku, told RTBF: “It’s (a transfer) out of the question, at least for him.
“He is very well integrated into the club and the city, he is happy, although he hopes to play more next season, and his potential would deserve it.
“And there will be European games. I talked to him on the phone on Monday; he was disappointed because, with the defeat in Newcastle, the Champions League has moved away, but there will be the Europa League, and he is positive about his season.”
He added: “We would have signed with both hands for a first season with 33% of playing time. And Albert is improving every day, especially in training.
“But the competition is tough in the team, with boys like Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny, and the coach must respect a certain hierarchy.
“He has so much talent; sometimes it seems so easy for him that maybe the coach expects more from him?
“He shouldn’t rest on his abilities. And maybe he needs to show more in training. I’m not worried, and neither is he.”
Playing for Arsenal must be like a dream for the young man and he may just need time to get used to the Premier League – if the Gunners are prepared to give him that – he could turn into a very good signing