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Arsenal new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga says he prefers to play as a No.8 with ‘more freedom’ to get forward, while he has also revealed the advice he received from Thierry Henry.
The Belgian moved to north London from Anderlecht this summer in a deal worth around £18million and has been trusted immediately by manager Mikel Arteta, starting four Premier League matches.
Lokonga can partner Thomas Partey in midfield and, while he says he is happy to perform any role Arteta asks of him, his preference would be a box-to-box role.
When asked to name his preferred position – No.6 or No.8 – in a Q&A with the club’s website, Lokonga replied:
“That’s a good question. I like to be a No.8 so I can attack and I can defend.
“More freedom, that’s what I like. But I also like No.6 so it’s difficult!
“I like both but the most important thing for me is to be on the pitch.”
And when asked if he spoke to Henry before joining the Gunners, Lokonga replied:
“Before I joined, no, because I was with him for only two days and then I left the camp with the national team.
“But he gave me some advice about Arsenal, the way the people are, the mentality I need to have. Some little things like that.”
Source – Metro