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Arsenal Transfer Reactions

Arsenal new signing Sambi Lokonga has been receiving rave reviews from the club.

Manager Mikel Arteta hailed the 21-year-old Belgian for his maturity.

“Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

“He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had to Anderlecht in recent seasons.

“We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”

Arsenal technical director Edu added: “There was a lot of interest in Albert and he was a big target for us.

“He will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield.”

The midfielder, who will wear the number 23 and have Sambi on his shirt, has played seven times for Belgium Under-21’s, scoring two goals.

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