Arsenal are reportedly not going to sell Albert Sambi Lokonga in the January transfer window. This is because the Gunners want depth in their squad for the rest of the season.
Hence, they will not sell the Belgian midfielder despite his wishes to leave the club in January. However, AS Monaco continue to monitor his situation during the deadline day.
ARSENAL REFUSING TO SELL ALBERT SAMBI LOKONGA IN THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW
According to reports, Arsenal have made the decision to keep Albert Sambi Lokonga till the end of the season. The report also claims that AS Monaco tried their best to sign the Belgian midfielder. Lokonga also tried his best to force a move to the Ligue 1 giants. However, it looks like the Gunners have scrapped the plans of selling him in the January transfer window. Many people also thought that he would leave the Gunners in the January transfer window.
It is because the Belgian midfielder has only started limited games. He has also got a limited substitute appearance in the Premier League. Hence, many Arsenal fans thought that he will be the first one out of the club in January. However, it looks like Mikel Arteta has suddenly made the decision to keep him at the club till the end of the season. This is despite his poor performance in their loss in the FA Cup fourth round loss against Manchester City. It looks like the reason of him staying is because they have failed to sign Moises Caicedo.
THE GUNNERS ARE UNLIKELY TO SECURE THE SIGNATURE OF MOISES CAICEDO BEFORE THE DEADLINE DAY
According to reports, Arsenal made their second bid of 70 million for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. This is after their 60 million bid was rejected. Moises Caicedo has also said on social media that he would love to sign for the Gunners. He has also requested the Seagulls to accept the bid because it benefits them and also the player. However, Brighton have continued to reject bids for Ecuadorian midfielder. They are aware of the fact that they can get a more bigger transfer fee in the next summer transfer window.
Hence, Arsenal are finding it difficult to convince Brighton to sell in the January transfer window. Hence, this also means that the Gunners will have to keep Albert Sambi Lokonga. This is because Thomas Partey and Mohammed Elneny have suffered injuries this season. Hence, Mikel Arteta wants options to replace them to keep their title fight going. However, Arteta will have to improve the positioning of Albert Sambi Lokonga in the midfield. This is because many thought his poor positioning is the reason, Manchester City scored the winning goal.
Hence, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has to make sure that he helps Lokonga till the end of the season. There is also an outside chance of him leaving before the deadline day. However, for that the Gunners will have to sign Moises Caicedo before the deadline. Although, one thing is sure that he will leave the club on permanent basis in the next summer transfer window.
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