ARSENAL have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga – hours after Anderlecht accidentally announced it first.
The 21-year-old Belgian Under-21 star arrives at the Emirates in a £17m deal.
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi LokongaCredit: Getty
Anderlecht announced his exit prematurely before deleting this Twitter postCredit: Twitter
It comes after the Belgian side posted a video clip of the midfielder showing his best bits at the club.
But the post was quickly deleted as it looks like it was put on by mistake.
However, a number of eagle-eyed Gooners spotted it and screenshotted the tweet and began sharing it themselves.
That led to excited fans eagerly awaiting an official announcement from the North London outfit.
Now the Gunners have given them exactly what they wanted as they confirmed he had penned a long-term contract with them.
Arteta and his squad jet to the United States for a final pre-season training camp this week.
Arsenal take on Inter Milan in the Florida Cup semi-final next Sunday while Everton face Colombian side Millonarios.
Sambi Lokonga made 27 league appearances in the Belgian top flight last season, scoring three and assisting two.
Despite his young age, he captained Anderlecht from December onwards.
As well as bringing Lokonga into the heart of midfield, Arteta has strengthened elsewhere already.
Nuno Tavares arrived from Benfica for £8m.
And the left-back, understudy to Kieran Tierney, marked his debut for the club with a goal in the 2-2 friendly draw with Rangers on Saturday.
As revealed by SunSport, the Gunners have agreed a £50m deal to sign England defender Ben White from Brighton.
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