Arsenal have completed the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga on a long term contract.

The 21-year old has come up through the Anderlecht academy, having joined the club 10 years ago.

However, after 78 first team appearances, Lokonga will move on.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MAY 20: Albert Sambi Lokonga of RSC Anderlecht in action during the Jupiler Pro League Championship Play-Offs match between RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge at Lotto Park on May 20, 2021 in Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

He said: “It’s a big move because I have been playing for Anderlecht for 10 years so it’s going to be my first big move to another country.

“It’s a big step, but I feel confident because we have to be. In the football world, you have to feel confident about yourself, but I’m looking to play in this league and I can’t wait to start.”

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Arsenal statement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta commented: “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development.

“He’s 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 to 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.”

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Arsenal’s latest signing Albert Sambi Lokonga during his signing photoshoot at London Colney on July 19, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal technical director Edu added: “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.”

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