Newcastle Express Interest In Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury

When we’ve talked about Newcastle potential loan deals in the summer, the three names that keep cropping up are Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

Henri Lansbury – Arsenal young midfield star

Another name that came up last week is 20 year-old Manchester City and Slovakia International Vladimir Weiss, who looks a great young player in the making.

But another name has surfaced and Chris Hughton has even talked about him and he’s Arsenal’s 19 year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury.

He’s Jack Wilshere’s team-mate at the Emirates, and he is also a player who will be made available for loan this season, after spending a loan spell Watford last term in the Championship.

Reflecting on the loan possibility, Hughton said today:

“He’s a player who did very well at Watford, and he’s a player we’re very aware of. But at this moment we’re not pursuing him.”

Henri has already played 5 times for the Arsenal first team and he has had loan spells at Scunthorpe United and Watford.

Henri was on loan last season at Watford and he played 40 times with 5 goals, and from January, 2009 he played at Scunthorpe United 18 times with 4 goals, so this lad has already made 63 first class appearances with 9 goals, and would be an exciting loan signing on Tyneside.

Lansbury has played for all the England Youth teams through the England U21 side, and he was called up for his U21 debut for their qualifying match against Portugal in November of last year.

The 6′ tall player was born in Enfield, just north of London, and has been at the Arsenal club since he was just 8 years old.

But surprisingly he was at Norwich City even before that, so he moved from Norwich City to Arsenal – and he must have been some player with potential at that young age.

He was part of the Arsenal side in 2009 that won the FA Youth Cup, when they hammered Liverpool 6-2 in the two leg final.

This lad looks like a potential future star player – and we have to hope that we can get him for next season.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Ruvio

    Jun 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    His name is Henri, not Henry

  • gunnarnufc

    Jun 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Wilshere is imo a much more talented player although Lansbury might also have a bright future in the game. I think we should try to secure Wilshere and Weiss. They would add much needed flair and creativity to our midfield. If we cant get Wilshere we should go for Lansbury. And get Cleverly in for a defensive midfielder cover.

  • Solaidback

    Jun 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t we have a few under 21 yr olds in our team that are supposedly very good too, so why should we give other teams players a run out in our 1st team & make our youngsters sit on the bench or play in the reserves???????
    Players like Ranger, Kadar, Krul, Donaldson etc should be plying their skills ahead of any loanees that CH can brig in or they’ll never get a chance… 🙁

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Spot on Solaidback!!!!

  • gunnarnufc

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Agreed Solaidback. We definitely need to give our youngsters first team experience. But we also need improvement. I think we should send some of these youngsters out on loan to the CCC and get in youngsters who already have a lot of first team experience such as Wilshere and Weiss (who was playing at the World Cup quarterfinal for god sakes, a completely different class from our promising youngsters). I’m all for giving our youngsters experience but I can promise you many of them are not ready for the EPL and should be given a chance in the fissy pop league. Donaldson vs Wilshere and Samuel Adjei vs Weiss? You must agree that there is a clear quality difference.

  • gunnarnufc

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I should add that I do think Ranger, Krul, Kadar and Vuckic are ready to play a part in our EPL season but that doesn’t mean that we should not get in top class youngsters on loan who could help us out this season. Our squad is very small by the way.

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    There are so many logical points to what Solaidback and gunnarnufc say. I believe a compromise is necessary and perhaps that is what CH is after. I think Weiss would a great addition (perhaps with first option to buy?) and may be Samuel as cover. So – having seen so many ex-NUFC players at the World Cup perhaps it would make a pleasant change to see another World Cup player trotting his stuff at St James Park!

  • MarkO

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes Lansbury is AMAZing

  • daniel...

    Jun 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    why are you all aginst playing loan signings?
    it is absolutly rediculous to say that you would rather play our youngsters over more talented players we may bring in. a team that struggled to perform in the championship needs new players, im not quite that sure that we dont have anything to spend but if we dont we need players on loan who can improve the squad and i feel all of the other teams youngsters you are so against would add more quality.

    ps. yes i know we won the league and before anyone points out that on paper we didnt struggle, do you really believe we will perform in the premier league with the displays shown in the championship?

  • howay man

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #10

    why dont we go the extra mile and sign these youngsters permanently. lansbury isnt ever going to hold down a place for arsenal. and neither is cleverly for man utd. seriously they cant be more than 3-4 million each get them in!

  • noir9

    Jun 30, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #11

    The players we are looking at loaning all have a bit more experience either in the epl or fizzy than our own guys & would improve our squad & give more competition for places. Also gives us a chance to have a good look at them in the epl to see if their worth trying to sign. There are good young players @ manure & chelsea etc who will not get near the first team regularly & its got nothing to do with ability.

  • SameOldShearer

    Jun 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Gunnarnufc – get cleverley in for defensive midfield cover?

    On lansbury though i can see the point about blooding our own youngsters but this kid looked quality when we played watford at home, full of running, breaking from midfield and ran the show against our experienced midfield who are keeping our youngsters out of the team.

    We’re overstocked for central midfielders so id prioritise elsewhere first but he has energy and pace which none of our first team regulars seem to


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