sport news Arsenal's Albert Sambi Lokonga produces commanding display: FIVE things we ...

sport news Arsenal's Albert Sambi Lokonga produces commanding display: FIVE things we ...
sport news Arsenal's Albert Sambi Lokonga produces commanding display: FIVE things we ...

Arsenal stepped up their preparations for the new Premier League season with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Watford on Wednesday afternoon.

Just days after beating Millwall by the same scoreline, Arsenal were at it again during their behind closed doors friendly at London Colney thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and Miguel Azeez.

With the new season fast approaching, the Gunners now complete their pre-season schedule with friendlies against London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham in 'The Mind Series'. 

But before focusing on those upcoming matches, Sportsmail has taken you through five things that we learned from Arsenal's commanding 4-1 win against Watford.

Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side run out 4-1 winners over Watford at London Colney

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Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side run out 4-1 winners over Watford at London Colney

NEW BOY LOKONGA SHINES

While Arteta will have been pleased with the 4-1 victory and his players getting some vital minutes under their belts, perhaps the thing that will have delighted Mikel Arteta the most was the performance of new boy Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Lokonga recently joined Arsenal in an £18million deal from Anderlecht, and there are high hopes on his shoulders - with many seeing him as a star of the future.

But during his time at Anderlecht, the young Belgian midfielder showed maturity beyond his age and some are tipping him to even make an impact this season.

And against Watford, in his first start for the club, Lokonga produced a commanding display in the middle of the pitch, with his Watford counterparts struggling to deal with his presence.

The 21-year-old midfielder constantly showed for the ball and always looked to go forward - adding some directness to Arsenal's attacking play, just like his team-mate Thomas Partey. 

Greater challenges lie ahead against both Chelsea and Tottenham, but if he shines against Arsenal's London rivals, he could earn Arteta's trust when the new Premier League season commences.

New signing Albert Sambi Lokonga stood out for Arsenal as they thrashed Watford

New signing Albert Sambi Lokonga stood out for Arsenal as they thrashed Watford

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IS AZEEZ ARSENAL'S NEXT BIG THING?

First it was Bukayo Saka, then it was Emile Smith Rowe. Could Miguel Azeez be the next to break through into the first team?

There are big expectations for 18-year-old Azeez at London Colney, and Arsenal supporters saw glimpses of him last season in the Europa League group stages.

Azeez has been tipped for big things and the buzz grew even stronger on Wednesday after his impressive second-half cameo against Watford, who are gearing up for life back in the Premier League.

Azeez, who has bulked up during the off-season, looked assured on the ball and got his just reward late on in the pre-season friendly victory at Arsenal's headquarters.

After Nicolas Pepe played a quick corner into the feet of Azeez, the young midfielder shifted the ball onto his weak foot before curling home superbly into the far corner of the Watford net - leaving the goalkeeper with absolutely no chance.

While it is very unlikely he will make

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