Norwich loan star Lansbury promises more to come
Norwich’s on loan Arsenal starlet Henri Lansbury admitted his first taste of derby day had lived up to expectations.
The 20-year-old was City’s creator-in-chief with a key role in three of the goals in a 4-1 Championship romp over Ipswich that will live long in the memory for the biggest Carrow Road crowd since 1984.
Lansbury is well schooled in tribal rivalries after coming through the ranks in the red half of north London – but the England U21 midfielder revealed he needed a crash course in East Anglian football history to prepare for his debut.
“No, I didn’t know too much about this game but I’ve heard all week from the lads who have been building it up so to obviously come straight into it and then get the win was great,” he said. “It didn’t really enter my mind how big this game is around here. I just wanted to go out and hopefully do what I can do and do my best.
“I enjoyed it. It was great to come into a game like a derby. It was a big game for me but to win it was great for the lads and the club. I was here before for the England U21s and it was packed out then and it was packed out again. The fans are good here and they got right behind us.”
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Lansbury’s vision helped tee up Holt for a high class second goal that underlined the young Gunner’s quality before triggering the second half counters with sweeping passes that led to Holt’s hat-trick and Wes Hoolahan’s impudent chip.
“For the second, I saw Holty’s run and managed to pick him out,” he said. “I thought at one point the defender might be able to cut it out but it managed to go straight to him and he did the rest. It’s always good to get an assist and I was pleased with the ball and Holty made a good run but he still had to finish it off and he did very well. That is how they want us to play (at Arsenal). They teach you to get the ball down and try and see the players around you and get throughballs to them, and it paid off me today.”
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Lansbury praised his new team mates for a seamless transition into the Norwich ranks following his midweek arrival on an initial month’s loan from the Emirates.
“It was a straightforward decision for me to come when I knew Norwich were interested in a loan.” he said. “It’s a great bunch of lads. Training has been great and hopefully I can settle in even more and I just want to come in and be like one of the lads. Obviously I knew my mate Korey (Smith) from school so to come and play with him was good and he said the lads were good as well. I’d seen them play so I knew they liked to get the ball down. The boys have seen me in training and they know I like it into feet and that’s the sort of service I got today so I’m able to get on the ball and cause a few problems.”
The young midfielder is confident he can add plenty to Paul Lambert’s mix during his short term stay after only a second senior start of the season.
“There’s definitely more to come from me because I haven’t played many games for a while,” he said. “It was good to get 80 odd minutes under my belt and hopefully I can keep pushing on from here. The manager at Arsenal wants me to come here, get fit and play games. That is all he has said to me and then I’ll go back in January and see what happens then. It’s been a good start and all I can do now is kick on from here.”