Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lokonga move CONFIRMED, Max Aarons race, Ben White £50m exclusive, Aouar tussle with PSG

ARSENAL have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderletcht.

Meanwhile the Gunners are also closing in on the £50m transfer of Brighton's Ben White, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA ARRIVES

    Arsenal had a busy day yesterday as they signed Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.

    Lokonga joined the Gunners in a £17million deal and is set to offer manager Mikel Arteta more solutions in midfield.

    The north Londoners confirmed that the player has signed a "long-term" contract.

    Lokonga said upon his unveiling: "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.

    "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"

  • Thomas Blow

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The 21-year-old Belgian star arrives at the Emirates in a £17million deal and Mikel Arteta has hailed his arrival.

    He told the club’s website: "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.

    "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."

    However, Ben White has been told that he should set his sights higher than Arsenal.

    Danny Mills told talkSPORT: "The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal.

    "Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else. I just think he is better than that.

    "What is he going to win at Arsenal? League Cup, if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup.

    "I think he is an exceptional player and I think he is a fantastic signing for Arsenal.

    "I am just a little bit surprised that Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him."

    And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

    Sky Sports News claims the former Manchester United youngster, 28, has emerged as a possible target for Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard is thought to be in the market for a new stopper as doubts grow over Bernd Leno’s Emirates future.

  • Joe Brophy

    PHIL YOUR BOOTS

    Arsenal have been handed a boost by reports that former target Philippe Coutinho is not closing in on a move to AC Milan.

  • Joe Brophy

    BARC TO ITALY

    Barcelona ace Miralem Pjanic has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal.

    However, Pjanic looks set for a return to Italy where he will join Inter Milan.

    That is according to Calcio Mercato, who claim the midfielder’s agent has stepped up talks with Inter.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, look set to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga.

  • Joe Brophy

    LOK IT IN

    Albert Sambi Lokonga has publicly reacted for the first time since his move to Arsenal was confirmed.

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL I NEVER

    William Saliba has spoken out after his loan move to Marseille from Arsenal.

    Saliba said: “I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

    “I cannot wait to be on the Orange Velodrome pitch.

    “Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ARN THE MOVE

    Exclusive by Tom Barclay: Unai Emery's Villarreal remain frontrunners to sign Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma – despite Premier League interest.

    The Yellow Submarine had a £13million bid rejected for the Dutchman earlier this month.

    Villarreal beat Manchester United to win last season’s Europa League.

    And SunSport understands the Spanish outfit are still favourites to sign the wantaway Cherries forward.

    Danjuma has also been linked to Aston Villa and was interesting Southampton.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAX POWER

    Arsenal have joined the race for Norwich defender Max Aarons, according to reports.

    The versatile full-back has caught the eye of a number of clubs with a string of impressive performances over the last two seasons.

    Spanish and German champions Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are said to be interested in acquiring the 21-year-old's services.

    But the duo will reportedly face competition for his services from the Gunners, who are looking to bring in more defensive reinforcements.

    The Sunday Mirror claims Mikel Arteta wants to sign Aarons as a replacement for Hector Bellerin, who is expected to leave the club in the coming weeks.

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE TO MISERY

    Martin Odegaard looks set to stay at Real Madrid this season.

    That is according to AS, who claim returning Real manager Carlo Ancelotti is willing to give Odegaard a chance.

    The attacking midfielder enjoyed an impressive loan stint at Arsenal last term.

    The Gunners wanted to keep the Norway international but it seems like he could finally get his big break at the Santiago Bernabeu.

  • Joe Brophy

    NO TRAIN NO GAIN

    Albert Sambi Lokonga got stuck into his first Arsenal training session today.

  • Joe Brophy

    GREAT WHITE

    Kalvin Phillips and Arsenal-bound Ben White have been enjoying a well-earned break on a luxury yacht off Mykonos.

    The Three Lions pair were pictured soaking up the sun on board the swanky liner accompanied by several glamorous companions.

    Tattooed White, 23, is heading to Arsenal in a £50million deal from Brighton.

    The centre-back will have a medical, ahead of signing a five-year deal, when he returns to England from the Greek island.

    Check out SunSport's picture HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    SET IN STONE

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

    Sky Sports News claims the former Manchester United youngster, 28, has emerged as a possible target for Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard is thought to be in the market for a new stopper as doubts grow over Bernd Leno’s Emirates future.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHITE HOT

    Ben White should set his sights higher than Arsenal, Danny Mills reckons.

    He told talkSPORT: "The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal.

    "Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else. I just think he is better than that.

    “What is he going to win at Arsenal? League Cup, if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup.

    “I think he is an exceptional player and I think he is a fantastic signing for Arsenal.

    “I am just a little bit surprised that Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EDU ON LOKONGA

    Arsenal's technical director described the club's new signing as a key target after the Gunners tracked him for a long time.

    Edu said: “We are delighted Albert has signed with us, as there was a lot of interest in him and he was a big target for us.

    “Albert is a player we’ve been tracking for some time, and he will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield. We look forward to his continued development with us.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE ON LOKONGA

    Mikel Arteta has hailed the arrival of Albert Sambi Lokonga at Arsenal.

    He told the club's website: “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.

    “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.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    A first look at Albert Sambi Lokonga wearing Arsenal's strip for next season.

  • Joe Brophy

    LIK THE LOK

    Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga – hours after Anderlecht accidentally announced it first.

    The 21-year-old Belgian star arrives at the Emirates in a £17million deal.

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA TEASE

    Albert Sambi Lokonga shared quite a cryptic message on social media.

    Lokonga replaced his profile pic on Instagram with an hourglass hinting that it is only a matter of time until he is announced by Arsenal.

    The midfielder looks set to move to the Emirates following an impressive campaign with Anderlecht.

    More below:

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA HINT

    Anderlecht dropped a major hint about Albert Sambi Lokonga's future.

    Lokonga looks set to join Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will hope he adds some firepower in midfield.

    Anderlecht shared a post, that they later removed, bidding farewell to the Belgian.

    Check it out:

  • Kostas Lianos

    BARC TO ITALY

    Barcelona ace Miralem Pjanic has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal.

    However, Pjanic looks set for a return to Italy where he will join Inter Milan.

    That is according to Calcio Mercato, who claim the midfielder's agent has stepped up talks with Inter.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, look set to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA ANNOUNCEMENT

    Arsenal are very close to announcing the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to Football London, who claim it is just a matter of time until Lokonga officially joins the Gunners.

    The midfielder stood out last season with Anderlecht as he amassed 37 appearances across all competitions.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been desperately looking for someone to team up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park

  • Kostas Lianos

    ART OF THE DEAL

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remained coy about any future transfers while Albert Sami Lokonga and Ben White are getting close to joining the Gunners.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: "We have got one for now and we are really happy with the one we have.

    "Unfortunately, he could not play today. Maybe he can play on Saturday.

    "We will work with the players we have, try to make them better and try to compete as best we can"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA CLOSE

    It seems like Albert Sambi Lokonga is closer than ever to a move to Arsenal.

    A picture has been shared on social media showing Lokonga wearing the Gunners shirt.

    An announcement seems imminent.

  • Kostas Lianos

    WILL-ING AND ABLE

    William Saliba has spoken out after his loan move to Marseille from Arsenal.

    Saliba said: "I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

    "I cannot wait to be on the Orange Velodrome pitch.

    "Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt"

  • Kostas Lianos

    XHAKA PRICE TAG

    Arsenal have told Roma that they will not accept any offers below €20million (£17.1 m) for Granit Xhaka.

    That is according to Il Tempo, who claim that the Giallorossi remain very keen on Xhaka after his impressive performances at Euro 2020 with Switzerland.

    The Serie A giants are reportedly close to matching the Gunners' evaluation for the midfielder.

    New manager Jose Mourinho is waiting for the official sales of Robin Olsen and Justin Kluivert to Lille and Nice respectively

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