Sambi Lokonga, an Arsenal midfielder, has intimated that he is now being used out of position on the pitch. A club media interview with the Belgian international midfielder revealed that he wants to play as a central midfielder rather than a defensive midfielder on the pitch. Lokonga joined the club from Belgian side Standard Liege in the summer for an undisclosed cost, but it is believed to be in the region of 25 million euros.
Unlike the number seven position, which demands him to do a lot of defensive work, Lokonga claims that the number eight position provides him with more space to attack and defend at the same time, which is one of the reasons why he chooses to play in this position. "That's an excellent question. "I like being a No.8 because it allows me to both attack and defend," he stated in response to a query about his preferred position. "More freedom is something I appreciate. However, I also enjoy No.6, so it's a difficult choice! The two appeal to me, but for me, being on the field is more essential than anything." He went on to say more.
Because of Granit Xhaka's injury, Lokonga has been forced to play deep midfield with Thomas Partey, a position that appears to fit him well thus far, but only time will tell whether he will be able to maintain it in the long run.
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