Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, according to Arsenal great Kevin Campbell, requires consistent playing time under manager Mikel Arteta to advance.
Lokonga moved from Anderlecht to Arsenal last summer for a cost of £17 million.
He has been acting as Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka’s backup in Arteta’s team, who are both experienced midfielders.
Lokonga has started the previous three games for Arsenal since Partey is injured, and he has performed admirably.
He’s probably not where he needs to be in his growth because he probably needs more game experience, Campbell told the Highbury Squad (via HITC) when questioned about Lokonga’s progress thus far.
“He has only played three games this season. If Partey’s fit, then he’s out of the team and he is probably only going to get started in the Europa League. So, Sambi isn’t probably where he (should be).”
He added: “I think he has done pretty well in that midfield area, considering he doesn’t play. He’s more progressive than Elneny.”
The Belgian recently featured in Arsenal’s Europa League win against Zurich.