However, the Gunners could loan the 23-year-old out again this summer, given he is unlikely to break into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI next term.Lokonga has always been touted to become a top player in the future, so it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, comes in for him.According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal still rate the midfielder. However, they will most likely loan him out again ahead of next season.
Writing for CaughtOffside, he said: “It’s not been an easy loan spell at Crystal Palace for Lokonga.“Still, Arsenal trust his skills and his potential, but they want him to play.“He needs to play. It’s possible they will discuss one more loan season, but this is something they will clarify with the player and agent in June and not now.”Since joining Crystal Palace in January, Lokonga has featured 14 times in the Premier League. Although, he has only played 90 minutes on three occasions.Arteta could offload Lokonga and BalogunGiven Lokonga can’t get himself into the Crystal Palace starting XI, it seems very unlikely he would be in Arteta’s plans next season.The Gunners have had an unbelievable campaign, currently sitting top of the Premier League table. Although, a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday may have derailed their title hopes.