Lokonga. Albert Sambi Lokonga's strengths and weaknesses as Arsenal close in on £17.1m transfer

Scout Report: Albert Sambi Lokonga

He ranks around the 80th percentile on average, with a couple of exceptions, in most of the passing metrics, which highlights his functional ball-playing ability. He has legs to cover space quickly, skill to win possession back cleanly, awareness and burst to beat pressure, and the quality to play decisive passes.

Who is Albert Lokonga? Everything you need to know about Arsenal's £18m signing

And, whisper it, sound Vieira-esque. Arteta will also want to work on the tactical side of his game which will be essential for his development.

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Lokonga makes a promise to Arsenal fans after Southampton defeat

In all, Arsenal are expected to pay close to £18m for the young midfielder, should those add-ons and bonuses be met.

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The Rapid Rise of Albert Sambi Lokonga

Their magic man in front of goal, Pierre Emerick Aubemayang forgot his magic wand at home and completely flopped. Robust athleticism underpins almost everything Lokonga does — his stamina enables him to be a constant passing option, agility and balance allows him to manipulate his body, lanky strides cover bigger spaces quickly, and his sharp accelerations give him an valuable intensity in smaller spaces and from standing starts. The Eredivisie provides an interesting option: PSV Eindhoven.

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The Rapid Rise of Albert Sambi Lokonga

Eight homegrown players accumulated over 1,000 total league minutes for Anderlecht this season. Meanwhile, his playing style is described as someone who draws a lot of fouls from the opposition and is not afraid to take shots from long range. Keeping his rival number on toes, Lokonga fascinates the defenders to commit a challenge on him and he could allure penalties and free-kicks with his devious stratagems.

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Sambi Lokonga: Sam Be the Man in Midfield?

His first touch can be inconsistent which draws pressure and commits him to challenges just to secure possession, but such instances are rare enough for it not to be a game-breaking flaw.. By compressing space too quickly, he cedes any control over the situation he had — a simple touch, pass, or movement is far more likely to take him out of the game, when he then relies on sticking out a late leg to impact the ball or fell his opponent.

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