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Albert Sambi Lokonga opens up about ‘crazy’ experience during Arsenal’s clash with Burnley


Albert Sambi Lokonga has been one of Arsenal’s shining stars this season (Picture: Getty)

Albert Sambi Lokonga has admitted his surprise at the way Burnley played during their 1-0 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

A first-half free kick from Martin Odegaard was enough to separate the two sides, while Burnley had a penalty given when Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale was adjudged to have brought down Matej Vydra in the box, only for VAR to overturn the decision.

The win was the Gunners’ second victory in a row, after they started the season with three consecutive defeats against newly-promoted Brentford, Chelsea and current Premier League holders Manchester City to find themselves bottom of the table.

Lokonga, who arrived in England in the summer after signing from Belgian side Anderlecht, admitted that he didn’t expect the game against the Clarets to be as tough as it was.

‘It was a crazy game! They cross from everywhere and I was not used to it,’ he told Arsenal FC.

‘People told me, “you’re going to see this is the real Premier League, typical English way to play”. I was not expecting this kind of play.’

Lokonga has admitted that he’s settled well into life in London (Picture: Getty)

The 21-year-old, who recently received his first cap for the Belgium national team, also said he has settled well into life in London and explained what he believes his best qualities are.

‘I like to be No. 8 so I can attack and I can defend with more freedom, that’s what I like. But I also like [playing as] six so it’s difficult. I like both but the most important thing for me is to be on the pitch,’ he added.

‘It’s how the people are humble, you know. They are at a big club like Arsenal but they are so humble and they are so nice. I think everyone in the world needs to be like this, to be humble and to look after the guy next to him, and I think that’s what I like.’

Arsenal will look to continue their run of form when they play host to rivals Tottenham on Sunday, in what would be Lokonga’s first taste of a competitive North London derby.


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