Lansbury return rumours appear wide of the mark
Arsenal boss Ars�ne Wenger has confirmed there is no move imminent for Henri Lansbury – contrary to reports suggesting the midfielder is poised to return to Norwich City.
Two national newspapers claimed yesterday that Lansbury, who made 23 Championship appearances for the Canaries last season while on loan from the Gunners, was set for a �1.5m move to Carrow Road. But in his Emirates Cup press conference yesterday, Wenger said no decision had been made on the 20-year-old’s long-term future and he would like to use him this season.
“Henri Lansbury is in a situation where I believe he will make a career and at the moment it is a bit congested for him but I believe he has the talent to play for Arsenal Football Club,” he said.
“I have to give him a chance at some stage and as quickly as possible. I believe in him. Honestly, if I believe he will not play this season or has no chance to compete for a position I will tell him and let him go.”
Lansbury has yet to feature for Arsenal since returning from the European Under-21 Championships, but he may play during the Emirates Cup, because Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi has work permit problems.
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Steer, 19, who has also extended his Carrow Road contract to 2013, is starting a three-month stint with the League One club.
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Huish Park boss Terry Skiverton was greatly impressed by the England Under-19 international in pre-season friendlies against Bristol City and Cardiff, and Lambert is happy for him to continue his football education with the Glovers.
“Initially it’s three months, which I think will be brilliant for him. I think he’s a really good goalkeeper and I think he will benefit greatly from going there,” he said.
“He’s too good for the youths. He needed to play men’s football and I think under Terry he’ll do great.”
Yeovil previously took City pair Owain Tudur Jones and Oli Johnson on loan.
“Yeovil and ourselves seem to have a bit of a relationship and I know Jed will be looked after and I think it’s a great chance for him,” said Lambert.
The City boss also wished Tudur Jones well in his move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he has signed a one-year deal after his Carrow Road contract was terminated by mutual consent.
He said: “He’s a terrific lad, in the same category as Michael Nelson and Matt Gill – three really good lads. The needs of the game are that you try to improve the squad, but as a person round about the place he was never a problem.”