Lokonga: Arsenal needs to be renamed Africa FC – Olorundare
With the arrival of the DR Congo prospect in Mikel Arteta’s squad, the previous Sunshine Stars participant suggests a brand new title for the North London outfit
Arsenal are slowly changing into an African group and as such needs to be renamed ‘Africa FC’, in accordance with veteran striker Dele Olorundare.
The previous Sunshine Stars objective machine instructed this following Albert Lokonga’s transfer to the Emirates Stadium giants from Anderlecht on Monday.
Resulting from his glittering shows in Belgium, the midfielder was signed by the Gunners for £18m, because the North London aspect continues to form the squad for the 2021-22 marketing campaign.
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Lokonga’s transfer makes him the newest participant of African background in Mikel Arteta’s group.
Others are Thomas Partey (Ghana), Bukayo Saka (Nigeria), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Nicolas Pepe (Cote d’Ivoire), Nuno Tavares, (Cape Verde), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Folarin Balogun (Nigeria), Eddie Nketiah (Nigeria), and Arthur Okonkwo (Nigeria).
“It’s good to see the Gunners bettering their squad with extra African gamers. I feel Arsenal needs to be renamed Africa FC,” Olorundare advised Purpose.
“Lokonga’s transfer to Mikel Arteta’s squad is an affidavit that the membership belief Africans with their bid to win laurels within the subsequent season.
“There was once a time when gamers from Africa weren’t thought-about good for even the substitute bench of a second division membership in Europe.
“That seems to have modified and I can solely hope that African groups benefit from this to construct a really stable squad to do effectively on the 2022 Fifa World Cup.”
Following Matteo Guendouzi’s transfer to Olympique Marseille and Dani Ceballos’ return to La Liga giants Actual Madrid, the 21-year-old has been tipped to offer loads of choices in Arteta’s aspect’s midfield.
“I’ve seen him play a few occasions and belief me, his signing will strengthen Arsenal squad,” Olorundare continued.
“He’s skilful, younger and quick, that will be an enormous benefit to the membership – though he would possibly battle a bit when it comes to adaptation as a result of that is his first time exterior England.
“One other benefit for Lokonga is that he could have the chance of studying from the likes of Partey, Elneny and different established gamers who would make him higher.
“General, I can say that Arsenal’s enterprise throughout this switch window is a pointer that they imply enterprise when the season begins.”
Arsenal will start their 2021-2 English top-flight marketing campaign in opposition to Brentford on August 13 on the Brentford Group Stadium.