Youngster Henri Lansbury is looking to try and replicate Jack Wilshere’s success for both club and country next year by breaking into the Arsenal first team and the England setup. Wilshere played more minutes for Arsenal last season than any other player and Lansbury is hoping that he can do the same.
Having spent a season with Norwich City which ended in promotion, Lansbury is not ruling out a return but he believes that he is worthy of a first team spot at the Emirates. Talking to the Guardian, Lansbury said: “I think Arsenal’s the goal now. I have to go back and give it a go from there. It’s a chance for me to show the boss that I’m capable of a first-team place and it’s up to me to do it.”
Lansbury admits the one downside of Wilshere’s success is that the 19-year-old will not now go to the Under-21’s Championship with his Arsenal team-mates but he remains highly confident about England’s chances saying “we’ve just got to focus on ourselves, really, and obviously go into the tournament strongly. We’ve got a great bunch of lads and we push on ourselves.”
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Gunners international review.
A total of ten Arsenal players have been involved in international fixtures in the past few days. Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Robin van Persie, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner, Andrey Arsharvin, Abou Diaby, Johan Djourou and Theo Walcott all played in various international games. Tomas Rosicky didn’t play for the Czech Republic in their draw against Peru.
Not one of the Gunners managed to score while away on international duty but both Djourou and Wilshere played a vital role in England’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland. Almost immediately after the Swiss had taken a two goal lead, Djourou brought down Wilshere in the area for Frank Lampard to convert the penalty and give England a life-line.
Youngsters Kieran Gibbs and Henri Lansbury will feature for the England Under-21’s later this month at the Under-21’s Championship in Denmark.
RvP refutes Chelsea claims.
Striker van Persie has rejected claims that he insulted Chelsea in a statement on Arsenals website. van Persie said:
“I’m on international duty at the moment but following several reports in the media I think it’s important to clarify some recent comments attributed to me.
“These reports falsely suggest that I recently made negative comments about Spanish and Chelsea players, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I haven’t done an interview with Sport 1 or any other outlet in recent weeks and I’ve certainly not been rude as the comments suggest.
“I respect my colleagues of Spain and Chelsea and look forward to playing against them for many years to come. I sincerely hope that all football fans worldwide don’t take these misleading reports seriously. I wish you all a great summer!”