Albert Sambi Lokonga insists Amazon Prime’s All Or Nothing scene of him got taken out of context

Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed that a scene from Amazon Prime’s All Or Nothing documentary on the Gunners was a playful moment between friends which got taken out of context.

The Belgian joined the North London club in the summer of 2021 and his debut campaign unfolded in front of Amazon Prime’s cameras, filming another of its All Or Nothing sports documentary series.

The scene in question shows Lokonga being confronted by Emile Smith Rowe, Nuno Tavares and Eddie Nketiah in the canteen over his mood having dropped out of the starting XI shortly after joining the club.

The 24-year-old featured in 12 of the opening 13 games of 2021-22, starting nine times, but fell out of favour and only played seven more league games for the rest of the campaign.

“I was playing (before),” Lokonga replied Smith Rowe when the Arsenal academy graduate told him he had changed.

“So what, my friend? You think you’re the only one not playing?,” Nketiah fired back.

Lokonga insists things are not how people took it, and while he did not like their reaction to the clip, his answer would not have changed if he was asked the same question.

“I would still have the same answer now,” the Luton Town loanee told The Athletic.

“A player wants to be on the pitch, and if he’s not playing, he is not happy.

“The other thing was, me and Eddie, we are really, really close. If you look at it back, you can see I was even laughing at the end.

“I didn’t find it difficult but I didn’t like it. Eddie was looking like the guy who was working hard and I was looking like the guy who was not happy, blaming and moaning. Eddie is my friend. It‘s more of a thing on social media.”

The 24-year-old also played in six of the first eight league games of 2022-23 but was loaned to Crystal Palace in January 2023 for the remainder of the season after falling out of favour again.

Lokonga moved to Luton last summer on a season-long loan and has been impressive, featuring in 13 games across all competitions and leaving Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wondering why Arsenal loaned him out in the first place.

It remains to be seen whether the Belgium international has a future at the North London club, but he will not be short of suitors in the Premier League if he keeps performing like he has done in recent games for the rest of the campaign.

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