lbert Sambi Lokonga believes Arsenal’s difficult start to the season has united the club.
The Gunners have lost their first three Premier League games of the campaign to leave them at the bottom of the table.
Since then, however, they have rebounded and after beating Tottenham 3-1 on Sunday they have won three games on the spin.
“You’re going to tell me that’s a cliché answer, but I think it’s when you’re in difficult times that you strengthen ties in a team, in a staff,” Lokonga told Sport Foot magazine.
“Here, now, we are all looking in the same direction. We all want to move the ship forward. We know that we still have to make progress. In particular, we have to learn how to become more evil.
One of Arsenal’s first defeats was a crushing 5-0 loss to Manchester City and Lokonga says he is “humbled” by it, even though he has not entered the pitch.
“I don’t know, I didn’t talk to the coach about it. You’ll have to ask him, ”Lokonga said when asked if Mikel Arteta is saving him by not playing him against City.
“In any case, on the bench, I felt humiliated. Exactly as if I was in the field. Many have spoken of City’s 81% second-half possession statistic.
“We often forget to say that we were also reduced to ten men since the 35th minute and Granit Xhaka’s red card at that time.”
Lokonga’s move to Arsenal saw him make his Belgian debut and the 21-year-old believes playing in England will boost his chances of breaking into Roberto Martinez’s plans.
“Of course playing in the Premier League changes your status. It really does change. Even for me, it gives me more certainty, ”he said.
“Today, I am ready to enter the battle of the middle, to fight to find my place. I feel like I had to play at a big club for that.