rsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga admits he’s excited to be playing with Nicolas Pepe.
The former Anderlecht prospect played the second 45 minutes of Saturday’s friendly against Millwall, with Arsenal winning 4-1 at London Colney.
Lokonga starred in a side featuring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, but there is another Gunner he’s looking forward to connecting with on the pitch.
“I think Pepe [is the one I am most excited to link up with],” he told Arsenal Media. “But I’m also looking forward to playing with Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka also, so yeah, I hope to have a connection with all the players and quickly.”
So those are the stars he admires now, but who did the Belgian look up to when he was younger?
“I never wanted to be like a player, I always wanted to be Sambi, so I took a little bit of all the players I used to watch,” he said. “I never said to myself that you need to be like this player, I always wanted to be Sambi and to do Sambi on the pitch.
“If I had to tell you some players, I will say Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Modric, yeah, all the top players, Marco Veratti as well. All the top players.”