Albert Sambi Lokonga will spend the next 12 months on loan at Luton Town, a move confirmed this evening.
The Belgium international moves to Kenilworth Road in search of more regular playing time.
Lokonga featured regularly for the Gunners in his first six months at Emirates Stadium but gradually fell out of favour as he struggled to get to grips with the pressures of the holding midfield position.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Crystal Palace but only played 536 minutes in total. In fairness, it didn’t help that the man who signed him, Patrick Vieira, was sacked within weeks of his arrival.
An injury picked up in pre-season denied Lokonga the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in Mikel Arteta’s squad this season – he missed both the training camp in Germany and the tour of the USA – although, realistically, it was always a bit of a long shot given the midfield options currently at the Spaniard’s disposal.
Fingers crossed, Sambi gets a chance to rebuild his confidence at Luton.