Former Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has described newest Arsenal recruit Albert Sambi Lokonga as a “high quality baller” and is tipping him to shine on the Emirates Stadium. Sambi Lokonga, who’s a defensive-midfielder, joined the Gunners on a four-year contract on Monday, after Arsenal efficiently agreed a £18million charge with Anderlecht. The 21-year-old, who’s one in every of two gamers that Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has added to his first-team squad this summer time to this point, made his first outing for the membership throughout immediately’s behind-closed-doors pre-season pleasant win over Championship aspect Millwall. Whether or not he will cement himself as a key fixture inside Arteta’s most well-liked beginning line-up this season stays to be seen, however Bolasie, who spent half of the 2018/19 season on mortgage at Anderlecht, is backing the teen to make his mark.
“(He was) the one participant who everybody stored telling me about once I was at Anderlecht,” Bolasie wrote on Twitter. “Quality baller & defo gonna be an important signing, wanting ahead to seeing him on the carpet!” Sambi Lokonga has arrived in north London as a star for the long run, however the prospect of him that includes usually within the early levels of the season may be very a lot potential, significantly if the membership fails to draft in one other midfielder earlier than the beginning of the marketing campaign. Bolasie is just not the one determine to have again the Gunners’ latest addition to make a reputation for himself on the Emirates Stadium, with Anderlecht director Peter Verbeke additionally feeling assured that Sambi Lokonga can show his weight in gold in England. “Sambi is, in fact, an excellent participant,” Verbeke stated. “He’s one of many high skills coming from our academy. “He can play as a defensive midfield participant, he can play as a box-to-box participant and, particularly the final two seasons on the membership, he has developed very well. “He’s somebody who is sweet on the ball, his technical capacity in tight areas is de facto good. Good brief passing, good lengthy passing. He’s all the time been a late developer so it’s solely within the final season that his bodily improvement actually got here into place. “It means now he has the qualities to have the ability to recuperate extra balls, he’s higher in duels and that’s why I feel he might develop in a task as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal in years to come back.” Do you need an unique pre-season Arsenal preview – each in your inbox and thru your letterbox? Head over right here to search out out extra and safe your copy!