Arsenal confirm second 21/22 signing

International Transfers

Arsenal have officially completed the signing of Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. 

According to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta's Gunners have agreed a £15 million (R298 million) fee, plus add-ons, with Belgian team Anderlecht for the player.

Personal terms have also been agreed, with the youngster signing a five-year contract that runs until 2026. 

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is said to have recommended the central midfielder to the London club's hierarchy.

Lokonga, 21, made 37 appearances for Anderlecht last season, and has also represented the Belgium u21 side six times.

He was on the fringes of his country's 2020 UEFA European Championship squad, but narrowly missed out when Axel Witsel returned to fitness just in time. 

The central midfielder, who is set wear the No. 23 shirt at his new club, is the Gunners' second signing ahead of the 2021/22 campaign after Nuno Tavares' signature was secured last week.

"Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development," Arsenal boss Arteta said of his new signing, per the club's official website.

"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 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."

Scroll through the gallery below to see Arsenal's home kit for 2021/22 campaign 


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