New Arsenal signing Albert Sambi Lokonga had trained for the first time with his new team-mates as Mikel Arteta’s squad put through their paces at London Colney before jet out to Florida for their remaining pre-season friendly matches.
The Brussels-born star of Congolese descent, become Arsenal second major signing this summer, following the arrival of Nuno Tavares, who mark his debut with amazing goal in Gunners 2-2 draw at Rangers last weekend.
After confirmed as a Gunners player following his switch from Belgian side Anderlecht on Monday, Lokonga, 21, trained with his new team-mates for the first time after completing isolation rules.
The central midfielder take major part at London Colney on Monday afternoon, and is expected to among Arteta’s squad that jet out to Florida on Wednesday for the club’s preparations for the new season.
The Gunners started their pre-season camping in Scotland but failed to win their last two matches, loss to Hibernian and draw against Scottish champions Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
The arrival of Lokonga, who dynamic in middle of park and form a powerful partnership with Ghanaian Thomas Partey in Mikel Arteta’s engine room, could help Arsenal in their remaining pre-season matches before start of new campaign.
The Gunners will take on Serie A Champions Inter Milan on Sunday 25 in the Florida Cup before play their Premier League rival Everton on Wednesday 28.
Mikel Arteta & co. then return to London to face their local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the mind Series before start their new Premier League campaign at away against Brentford on August 13.