INTERVIEWS In his first interview as an Arsenal player, Albert Sambi Lokonga says he is happy that the transfer is finally a fact. "Because it took a while," he admits. For the rest, the midfielder is eager to start his London adventure.
A big step. This is how Sambi Lokonga describes his transfer. "Because I played for Anderlecht for ten years and this will be my first big transfer abroad. The step to the Premier League is a big one, but I have confidence in it. In football you have to be confident in yourself. I am looking forward to play in the Premier League and can't wait for the season to start."
According to Sambi Lokonga, technical director Edu really wanted him to join. Just like with Anderlecht, Edu and coach Mikel Arteta want to build a young team. "I know they want to play with a lot of young players. Like Anderlecht, Arsenal also have a good academy. I don't think there will be much new for me in that area."
In England it is rumored that Thierry Henry would have put in a good word for Sambi Lokonga, but the latter knows nothing about it. Sambi Lokonga did train under Henry at the Red Devils in the run-up to the European Championship. "But we didn't talk about Arsenal's interest. If he put in a good word for me, that's of course very nice. It was an incredible experience to train under him. I learned a lot in those few moments."
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