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How Arsenal’s Sambi Lokonga outperformed the entire Newcastle XI

How Arsenal’s Sambi Lokonga outperformed the entire Newcastle XI

Lokonga turns creator-in-chief against Newcastle

Arsenal’s Belgian international starlet Sambi Lokonga put in a brilliant display against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium earlier today, but one stat showed that the RSC Anderlecht youth product ran the show from the heart of the Gunners midfield.

Courtesy of the data analysis website Squawka, the numbers showed that the six chances created by Lokonga in his 90-minute performance were more than the combined five chances perpetrated by the entire Newcastle XI.

The performance showed another side of the young Belgian’s footballing profile that has not fully been on display in his first season since his arrival to north London from the Brussels-based giants.

More importantly, his individual performance showed a level of maturity that was a sight to see despite his age after he was hardly influential against Liverpool last weekend. Indeed, Lokonga cut a frustrated figure last time out in what was a poor outing, and his ability to bounce back and be among the top performers on the day proves that he has adjusted well to life in England.

Arsenal back in the hunt after bounce-back win

It is always difficult to bounce back after a drubbing of the level that Arsenal received at the hands of free-scoring Liverpool last weekend in their 4-0 loss at Anfield, but the Gunners showed maturity as they put in a consummate performance at the Emirates.

How Arsenal’s Sambi Lokonga outperformed the entire Newcastle XI

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The 2-0 win against Newcastle in front of the home support was just what the doctor ordered after the humbling defeat last weekend and the kids were in the thick of the action once more as both Bukayo Saka and second-half substitute Gabriel Martinelli found the back of the net to secure all three points.

Another victory in the bag puts Arsenal well and truly back in the hunt for the top-4, level on points (23) with high-flying West Ham who still has to clash with Manchester City tomorrow.

Despite the youthful nature of the Gunners squad under Mikel Arteta, they are currently defying last season’s critics and putting themselves in a good position for a surprise finish in the European places come the end of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
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14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
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16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
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