3 reasons why Albert Sambi Lokonga did not work out at Arsenal

  • Lokonga is said to be nearing a move to La Liga side Sevilla
  • It will mark the end of a three-year stint in the Premier League
  • The 24-year-old never lived up to his initial promise or price tag
Albert Sambi Lokonga struggled to make an impression at Arsenal
Albert Sambi Lokonga struggled to make an impression at Arsenal / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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2. Lack of defensive awareness

Albert Sambi Lokonga
Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

From his obsession with backline purchases to the incredible work ethic instilled in every first-team player, it is clear that Arteta values the defensive workload highly and Lokonga fell woefully short of the mark.

His faults are evident at several turns, including a poor positional sense which stops him making interceptions and a regular failure to check his shoulder upon getting possession. Meanwhile, tepid efforts to track back and snuff out attacks were a feature of his time at Luton and will not/cannot be tolerated at a title-challenging level.

Maybe there are ways around it, such as putting a workhorse next to him or using our well-drilled structure to limit his defensive responsibilities and allow his ball-playing skills to shine. Yet, once again, a team reaching for the stars can ill-afford the burden of carrying passengers and Arsenal must instead cut their losses.

You cannot last here without good work rate.    

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