Sambi Lokonga reveals his favourite position and offers insight into Arsenal’s training regime

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Arsenal’s summer transfer window was a hectic one.

The north Londoners shelled out over £140million on six different players, adding Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Aaron Ramsdale to the ranks – all of which were 23-years-old or younger when signed.

All six have seemingly settled well into life at the Emirates Stadium, with all but Tavares starting their last game before the ongoing international break – a 0-0 draw away to Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Belgian midfielder Lokonga is likely set for an extended run in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup given Swiss captain Granit Xhaka endured a nasty knee injury following a freak collision with Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura last month.

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Arsenal confirmed that Xhaka is likely to be out for around three months, meaning Lokonga will need to step up if the Gunners are to mount a serious challenge for the coveted top four positions in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has been deployed alongside Ghana international Thomas Partey in a midfield pivot and the former Anderlecht captain has admitted that he likes to be given the freedom to run into space, running between both boxes.

When asked what his favourite position is, Lokonga told Arsenal’s official YouTube channel: “That’s a good question. I like to be a No.8 so I can attack and I can defend.

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“More freedom, that’s what I like. But I also like No.6 so it’s difficult!

“I like both but the most important thing for me is to be on the pitch.”

Asked about his first impressions of training, he added: “I wasn’t nervous, but I couldn’t wait to see the way they trained, the quality, the intensity, how they treated each other. This is a different environment than in Belgium, so that was good for me.”

Source by Football London

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