Arsenal midfielder ‘not worried’ about playing time and leaving is ‘out of the question’, brother claims

Date published: Thursday 19th May 2022 11:00 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal man Lokonga

Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is “happy” at the club according to his elder brother, who thinks him leaving the Gunners is “out of the question”.

The 22-year-old made his move to the Gunners last summer from Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

Arsenal splashed out a fee believed to be around £17m to bring the centre-midfielder to the Premier League.

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The Belgium international has played 23 times this season but he has only started twelve times in the Premier League.

He has not played the full 90 minutes in the league since Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on April 16.

Lokonga has been backed to succeed at Arsenal by his brother – Paul-Jose M’Poku. He has acknowledged that the difference between playing in Belgium and England is “big”:

“We’re not worried,” M’Poku informed Belgian outlet RTBF.

“Other players like Kevin De Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku have also taken time to establish themselves in the English Premier League. The difference with the Belgian league is big, and Arsenal is not a mid-table club.

“We would have signed with both hands for a first season with 33 per cent of playing time. And Albert is improving every day, especially in training.

“But the competition is tough in the team, with boys like Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny, and the coach must respect a certain hierarchy.

“He has so much talent; sometimes it seems so easy for him that maybe the coach expects more from him? He shouldn’t rest on his abilities. And maybe he needs to show more in training. I’m not worried, and neither is he.

“It’s [leaving Arsenal] out of the question, at least for him. He is very well integrated into the club and the city, he is happy, although he hopes to play more next season, and his potential would deserve it.

“And there will be European games. I talked to him on the phone on Monday; he was disappointed because, with the defeat in Newcastle, the Champions League has moved away, but there will be the Europa League, and he is positive about his season.”


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