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24-year-old midfielder expected to leave Arsenal on a permanent deal

24-year-old Arsenal midfielder is expected to leave the club at the end of the season for a reported fee of £25million

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Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar is actively orchestrating departures to make room for new arrivals, with several first-team players set to leave the club, including promising midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. The 24-year-old Belgian, who joined Arsenal from Anderlecht in 2021, has struggled to secure a regular spot in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup, leading to speculation about his future.

Despite making 39 senior appearances for Arsenal, Lokonga has often found himself on the fringes of the squad, prompting loan spells at Crystal Palace and Luton Town to gain valuable experience. However, injuries and inconsistent performances have hindered his progress, with Lokonga failing to cement his place in Arsenal’s midfield.

During his loan stint at Luton Town, Lokonga has shown glimpses of his potential, forming a formidable partnership with Ross Barkley in midfield. Their synergy has caught the attention of admirers, with Arsenal open to the possibility of allowing Lokonga to leave permanently at the end of the season.

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With Lokonga entering the final two years of his contract, Arsenal are reportedly seeking offers ranging between £20 million and £25 million for the midfielder’s services. Despite interest from clubs in the Premier League, Lokonga remains focused on helping Luton Town avoid relegation before discussing his future with Arsenal.

Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lokonga’s impressive performances this season have not gone unnoticed, with his ability to dictate play and contribute defensively earning praise. While he acknowledges that there is room for improvement, Lokonga remains determined to fulfil his potential and establish himself as a regular starter under Arteta’s guidance.


People at Luton characterise Lokonga as an affable individual who, despite his young, has assumed a leadership role within the team. He has developed a strong rapport with Barkley and their collaboration has contributed to the resurgence of their respective careers. 

Under Edwards’ guidance, they have been empowered to operate in sync, with one player advancing while the other provides defensive cover. Lokonga has embraced this role and the accompanying responsibility with enthusiasm.

Edwards hinted earlier in the season that he would love to work long term with Lokonga. He told Luton Today: “I would love to work with him for a longer period of time, but I don’t think that will all be down to me. He’s our player, but he’s obviously an Arsenal player as well, so I think a lot would have to happen.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remarked on his impressive performances. “Lokonga, when you see him playing and you think: ‘Oh, he’s an Arsenal player and they loaned him?’ Interesting,” he said in February ahead of his side’s game with Luton.

Lokonga’s future will be discussed this summer when he returns to Arsenal and until then he is focused on helping Luton beat the drop. Should they stay up, the Hatters would love to keep him. But they know bigger clubs are likely to come calling if Arsenal decide he can leave.

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