Sambi Lokonga, Arsenal’s newest summer season addition, has this night been photographed participating in his first coaching session with the membership.
The information which Gunners followers had been awaiting for a number of weeks now was lastly forthcoming earlier right this moment.
This after all got here within the type of affirmation that the aforementioned Lokonga had lastly put pen to paper on phrases with the membership, marking the 2nd summer season arrival on the Emirates, after Nuno Tavares.
Lokonga, a Belgian midfielder, makes the transfer to North London from boyhood membership Anderlecht, for a rumoured charge of round £15 million.
On the again of the 21-year-old’s Arsenal swap being made official, in the meantime, attentions have since swiftly turned to the spot Lokonga will fill in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
And, on Monday night, such an perception has been forthcoming.
Lokonga, as revealed by the Gunners themselves, will inherit the no.23 jersey on the Emirates, most not too long ago worn by David Luiz through the 2021/21 marketing campaign.
The midfield expertise has additionally been noticed in his first official coaching session within the English capital, with a sequence of pictures showcased under:
Getting all the way down to enterprise.
First session at The Arsenal ✅
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 19, 2021
8 and 10 incoming?
Lokonga’s selection of equipment quantity, in the meantime, has additionally given rise to an fascinating perception relating to Arsenal’s potential plans for the rest of the summer season window.
23 being taken implies that simply three numbers stay vacant amongst Arteta’s first-team ranks on the Emirates – 8, 10 and 18.
The previous two are after all usually stuffed by midfield gamers, albeit with completely different profiles, however each of which the Gunners might do with bringing in forward of the brand new season getting underway.
A typical ‘8’ is a box-to-box presence in the midst of the park, of the ilk of membership legend Patrick Vieira.
What many would argue stays essentially the most obvious requirement for the rest of the capital giants’ summer season window, although, is the addition of a artistic ’10’-type participant, following the return of Martin Odegaard to Actual Madrid.
8, 10 and 18 the one squad numbers which are free now.
— Jeorge Chook (@jeorgebird) July 19, 2021
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