Arsenal midfielder Lansbury is gunning for goals at Norwich City
AUDIO: Loan signing Henri Lansbury believes Norwich City’s style of football has helped him make the transition between glamour club Arsenal and the more robust world of the Championship.
The 20-year-old has joined the Canaries for the rest of the season and was hoping to add to his five senior outings for the club at Crystal Palace today.
And Lansbury said the fact that Paul Lambert’s team played a positive, passing game made it very much a home from home.
“It helps playing attacking football and with me being an attacking player it’s good for me to be here,” he said.
“I’ve been out to a few clubs on loan, and seen the other side of the game. Being at Arsenal is a different level.
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“But the boys here like to play, which they do at Arsenal as well, so it’s good to come to a club that likes to play football.
“The boys try to get the ball down and play. They know where the goal is and I’m trying to help them get more goals and I want a few goals for myself. It may be a scrappy goal or a good goal but they all count, so I hope I can chip in.”
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Lansbury missed the 2-1 win at Sheffield United because the paperwork on his latest loan deal had not been completed, but said he had no hesitation in coming back to Norwich.
“I’ve come here to play games and the gaffer’s given me the opportunity to do that, so there’s no reason why I wouldn’t have signed,” he said.
Lansbury missed three Championship matches in his second month with City, returning for the 1-1 draw against Cardiff.
He admitted it was a frustrating wait to return to action: “It was a very big month for me and being injured is never good. I hope I can come back stronger,” he said.
Lambert said he felt he had to try to re-sign the young Gunner.
“He’s only 20 years of age but in the time he was here he was excellent and I think it was right that we tried to do something,” he said.
“He’s a creative player and there are not too many of them going around.
“The more creative players you have, the better the chance you have.
“We are fortunate enough to get somebody of his calibre to come in.
“You’d like to think the way Arsenal train we’ll get the benefit, but he’ll need the group here to pull him along in games as well so it’s a two-way thing. You can’t just expect somebody to come from Arsenal and think they’re going to carry the whole thing.
“It’s too much on somebody as young as him, and I have got really top players in my own side.”
Lambert also feels Championship football will eliminate any danger of an easy ride for the Premier League youngster.
“Sometimes it makes you battle-hardened when you have to go somewhere and not get spoonfed,” he said.
“If things drop in your lap you can become complacent when you’ve got to go out in the big real world and earn your corn. He might not realise it at the minute.
“He’s got a nasty streak in him, I think, which all top players have.
“He has the killer instinct as a footballer. No matter how you dress football up, you have to win.”