2. Albert Sambi Lokonga
The Gunners brought Lokonga to the carpet in the summer of 2021 in hope that he’d blossom into a future midfield star at the Emirates.
The Belgian has flashed his talent and there is no reason to suggest that time is running out for him to prove himself, but would a loan move away in January be the worst idea?
This season’s been a struggle for Lokonga and his minutes are likely to be reduced during the second half of the campaign with Mohamed Elneny returning from injury before the break.
Nevertheless, Lokonga certainly has value as both a holding and box-to-box midfielder, so it’d be a risk to let him go considering Arsenal’s current dearth of midfield options. I suspect the club will only facilitate a departure (which would likely be a loan, if anything) if they plan on bringing a midfielder in this winter.
It’s worth noting that Lokonga said back in October that he thought about leaving the club in the summer after a frustrating debut season.
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