Arsenal already have their own Paul Pogba which explains Youri Tielemans transfer stance

Arsenal already have their own Paul Pogba which explains Youri Tielemans transfer stance

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ARSENAL have been hesitant in following through with their interest in Youri Tielemans.

Arsenal have been linked with Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans throughout the summer but are yet to push through with their interest. That is because, in Albert Sambi Lokonga, they already have a player who can step up and make a big impact.

Lokonga joined Arsenal from Anderlecht last summer and was immediately thrust into action. His first taste of English football was the opening day of last season in front of a bouncing Brentford crowd.

It was a rude awakening for many Arsenal players. Lokonga remained in the side until Thomas Partey returned from injury.

The Belgian more often than not featured as a deeper-lying defensive midfielder in his debut campaign at the Emirates. But a couple of below-par performances saw Mohamed Elneny leapfrog him in the pecking order when Partey again went down with an injury in early April.

But in pre-season, Lokonga has shown he has the potential to be Arsenal’s very own Paul Pogba. The 22-year-old has featured as the left No 8 in Arsenal’s midfield, a position Pogba made his own during his first spell at Juventus.

Lokonga clearly has more to his game than just a defensive midfielder. He has shown in the recent friendlies that he can pop up in the 18-yard box and be a threat in that part of the pitch.

He scored the fourth goal in the 4-0 win over Chelsea with a fine header. And perhaps his performances are proving to Mikel Arteta that he does not need Tielemans.

Tielemans would play in a similar position to Lokonga, so would only block his path if he were to join. Lokonga will have to compete with Granit Xhaka for a starting spot in what now appears to be his best position.

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