The Belgian midfielder moved from Andorlecht to the Emirates Stadium last summer. With a fee of around 17 million pounds with a five-year contract
, the 22-year-old has only started 12 Premier League games in his first season in England. The last time it took place on April 16,
that led Lokonga to be rumor to be loan out to gain experience with other teams. But recently it was report that the midfielder wants to stay with the “big guns” next season.
The report states that Lokanka would prefer to stay to impress Mikel Arteta rather than moving to another club. which he hopes to take advantage of in the Europa League to show his footsteps to prove himself.
Last week the Gunners started making moves, with bids submitted for as many as four players including Brighton and Hove Albion central defender Ben White.
But a decision has been made to return. With a second offer – likely to be around the £45m mark – in order to secure White’s signature relatively quickly.
It remains to be seen if £45m will be enough to reach an agreement with the Seagulls. But Arsenal aren’t solely focusing on concluding a deal for the 23-year-old.
Lokanka is currently second-place to Granit Xhaka. Thomas Patey and Mohamed Elneny. And the arrival of Fabio Vieira could hamper his chances. His pitch was even smaller.