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Albert Sambi Lokonga has already told Mikel Arteta his best position at Arsenal

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New Arsenal signing Albert Sambi Lokonga has already told Mikel Arteta his best position after completing his transfer to the Emirates.

The exciting Belgian has been one of his country’s hottest prospects since breaking through with Anderlecht as a teenager, with the Gunners hierarchy having to shell out reported £15 million to acquire the 21-year-old.

Lokonga is a central midfielder and a young leader, having captained Vincent Kompany’s side to a fourth-place finish in the Juliper Pro League last season, making 27 appearances.

Arsenal are set to lose three central midfielders this summer, with Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard returning to Real Madrid and Grant Xhaka set to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

With Joe Willock’s potential permanent move to Newcastle on the cards too, Arteta will be looking to through Lokonga in at the deep end at the start of the new term and the Belgium youth international has already informed his boss where he likes playing most.

“It’s a big move because I have been playing for Anderlecht for 10 years so it’s going to be my first big move to another country,” he firstly told the Gunners’ website.

“It’s a big step, but I feel confident because we have to be. In the football world, you have to feel confident about yourself, but I’m looking to play in this league and I can’t wait to start.”

On whether he prefers operating in a more attacking role like Ceballos and Odegaard or Xhaka’s deeper position, Lokonga said: “I can play both.

“I can play as a six and I can play like a box to box, but people say that I’m better in the six position.”

Arteta himself explained: “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development.

“He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht.

“I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had to Anderlecht in recent seasons.

The Spaniard added: “We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”

Upon his departure from his club of 12 years, Lokonga told Anderlecht supporters via their website: “I’m making a move from one big club to another. I am proud of this new step, but also sad that I am leaving RSCA.

“I want to thank you for all the love I have always received here. I am a mauve for life.”

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Chelsea set new EPL record after beating Brentford

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Chelsea on Saturday set a new Premier League record after beating their London rival Brentford 1-0 in an away Premier League tie.

The Blues defeated the newly-promoted Brentford, thanks to Ben Chilwell’s 45th-minute strike.

The win over Brentford means Chelsea have now become the first club from the English capital to win seven consecutive away London derbies in English Football League history.

Chelsea are now on top of the Premier League table with 19 points from eight fixtures.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are one point ahead of second position Liverpool and two points ahead of third-place Manchester City.

Chelsea will tackle Malmo on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.

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‘Mohamed Salah now better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’, Jurgen Klopp insists

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Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah is now the best player in the world football after his latest moment of magic.

Just two weeks after his breathtaking strike against Manchester City, the Egyptian King scored another wonderful solo effort in a 5-0 demolition of Watford.

The goal left Jermaine Jenas purring on co-commentary with those watching in awe of his magic.

It was Salah’s 10th goal of the season after a stunning run of form whilst he also provided assists for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

After the game, manager Jurgen Klopp was asked where he ranks amongst the best in the world.

And he was in little doubt he deserves the top spot on current form – despite the past performances of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Asked where Salah ranks in his BT Sport interview, Klopp replied: “Top. Come on, we all see it, who’s better than him in this moment?

“That’s clear, there’s always this discussion and all these kinds of things.

“But we don’t have to talk about what Ronaldo and Messi did for world football or how long they were really in the dominant.

“In the moment I think it’s clear there’s nobody better than him. How it is, it’s not only since yesterday, he’s been in that shape for a while.

“He’s young enough to keep the shape a little bit longer.”

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Leicester 4-2 Man Utd: Foxes add to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misery

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Leicester City ended Manchester United’s 29-game unbeaten run away from home at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Reds Devils took an early lead through a stunning Mason Greenwood goal but Youri Tielemans’ spectacular equaliser made it 1-1 just after the half-hour mark.

A faltering and lethargic United had David De Gea to thank for some late interventions in the hope of ensuring United came away from the match with a point.
But Caglar Soyuncu’s late strike appeared to have snatched the Foxes all three points before Marcus Rashford swiftly equalised on his return to action.

Jamie Vardy had other ideas, however, scoring a superb volley within 60 seconds of the restart as the pressure ramps up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side have gone three top-flight games without a win.

Patson Saka then wrapped it up in the dying minutes.

The two teams came into the match winless from their past two Premier League outings and were aiming to recover quickly following the international break.

Leicester went unbeaten against United last season in three league and FA Cup meetings to end a run of three successive Red Devils victories since Solskjaer took charge.

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