Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga has suggested defeat was the only aspect that left him disappointed having made his Emirates Stadium debut on Sunday.
The Belgian midfielder was selected by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta from the start against Chelsea, as Arsenal kicked off their Mind Series against their London rivals.
It was the first time that Sambi Lokonga had played in the Emirates Stadium for the Gunners, and in fact the first time in front of a home crowd since completing his summer move from Anderlecht.
He played around 70 minutes before being substituted by Mikel Arteta in place of centre-back Calum Chambers.
In the end, the 21-year-old ended up on the losing side – goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham securing victory despite Granit Xhaka’s 69th-minute strike.
Whilst Sambi Lokonga admitted that he was hugely impressed by his new surroundings and new-found support, the one sticking point was the negative result.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said: “It was really good, a little bit sad because we didn’t get the three points.
“But yeah, my first time at the Emirates, I think it’s a good thing for me, a good start. So I hope the future will be better.
“If I have to speak about the team, we had a really good performance but we gave away the ball and then they scored.
“But yeah for the next time we have to be careful because I think this kind of goal we can avoid.”
Sambi Lokonga will hope to be back in action for Arsenal next weekend as they continue the Mind Series of friendlies against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur away from home.
That game is set to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
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