Lokonga: ‘Even in a crisis, Arsenal remains Arsenal’

Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga says he wanted to be a part of the Gunners rebuild because ‘even in a crisis, Arsenal remains Arsenal.’ The Belgian international arrived from Anderlecht this summer and has immediately settled into the team.

Speaking to Sport/Foot magazine, the youngster explained his reasons for making the switch to north London:

I took a while talking with the coach and the sports director (Edu), and it gradually became obvious to me. They were the ones who really gave me comfort in choosing this club.

After that, they don’t have a lot of merit, it’s easy to be convincing when you to work for Arsenal (laughs). Without joking, this is a legendary club. Of course, there is the reality of the moment, but there is also all the weight of history behind it.

They told me that they wanted to form a good team, to return to Europe from next season and more generally to start again after a complicated season. I immediately wanted to participate in the rebuilding of this club. Because for me, even in a crisis, Arsenal remains Arsenal.

I immediately understood the fans’ unconditional love. For me, it was warm above all. Do you know that I am more often approached on the streets in London than when I was in Brussels? Here, I am asked for autographs, selfies. London is much more of a football city than Brussels.”