Lansbury wants to secure his future with Arsenal
The jury is still well and truly out on Henri Lansbury as far as his Norwich City team-mates are concerned.
They may have no doubts about about the quality of his all-round play since he arrived at Carrow Road, demonstrated by three goals in his last four games, but as far as his goal celebrations go, the City squad believe there is still plenty of work to do.
“My team-mates are not having it at the moment but there might be a better one,” revealed Lansbury, referring to his ‘Dougie’ celebration after slamming the Canaries level just before half time against Leeds United. “My friend did a dance and put it on YouTube so I was taking the mickey out of him.”
Lansbury hinted that he may decide to try out a few more dance moves if he scores this evening when City welcome Doncaster to Carrow Road.
But you get the impression he has got a lot of work to do if he is to convince the rest of the squad to join him.
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“There’s possibly more to come. If my friend brings in another dance then I’ll try and do it again.”
Lansbury will be hoping to strut his stuff again this evening against a Doncaster side that has lost four games in a row, including a 6-0 drubbing at home against Ipswich Town.
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If the match goes according to form then it’s difficult to look past anything other than a home win but even at the tender age of 20, Lansbury knows football doesn’t work like that.
“Every game is difficult in the Championship,” said the Arsenal man. “Top can beat bottom and bottom can beat top. We’ve just got to approach the game the way we have been and hopefully we can get the three points.
“You look at their run and hopefully we can take advantage of that.”
Lansbury believes he is making big strides under the stewardship of City boss Paul Lambert and knows he must establish a level of consistency with the Canaries to ensure the Arsenal scouts keeping tabs on him go back to Arsene Wenger with glowing praise.
“I went on loan to Watford last season and coming down to the Championshiop again I think I need to push on more and bring more consistency.
“They (Arsenal) always have someone at the game and they tell me what they think. They think that I’m doing all right – I’ve just got to keep going.”
Lansbury admitted that his ultimate goal is to establish himself in the first team at the Emirates but while he embarks upon that path Norwich could be the ones to benefit in the meantime.
“I want to be in that team – I’ve just got to keep working hard here and hopefully I will get my chance,” he added. “It’s great to even just train with them – that’s my main aim...to be in the Arsenal first team.”
Lansbury’s goal ratio must have caught the North London club’s interest recently and the midfielder puts his recent scoring spurt down to getting to know his team-mates better on the training fields at Colney.
“I’ve been doing a bit more on my finishing and it’s helping. I’ve been in the right positions at the right time.
“I’ve seen the way the boys play and I’ve settled in. Grant Holt is a big threat in the air and playing off him is a big help.
“The manager (Lambert) has been a great help. He wants me to play my own game and be free. Just relax – hopefully that’s coming across.”
Lambert admitted he wouldn’t mind seeing Lansbury’s celebration again against Doncaster if it means he has added to his recent scoring spell.
“The only thing I approve is when the thing hits the net. That’s the only thing – they can do what they want. If they score I don’t care what they do after that.”
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