Henri keen to follow Wilshere

Lansbury came through the Gunners’ youth ranks with fellow

midfielder Wilshere, who has emerged as a star for both club and

country during the past year. Wilshere spent the previous season on

loan at Bolton before being given his big break by Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger, and Lansbury hopes his recent six-month loan spell

at Norwich will produce the same result. He has a chance to impress

Wenger further when he travels with England to Denmark for this

month’s European Under-21 Championship. “I think Arsenal’s the goal

now,” said the 20-year-old ahead of England’s final warm-up

friendly against Norway on Sunday. “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

would not rule out a return to Norwich if necessary, having helped

them earn promotion to the Premier League. He added: “It’s always

great to be promoted into the Premier League. “Paul Lambert gave me

my chance to do that and I thank him a lot. “It was great,

obviously, getting first-team experience again and playing week in,

week out was great. “Promotion’s massive and to get that at 20

years of age was great.” Lansbury has also been inspired by

Wilshere’s elevation to the senior England team. “Jack’s taken his

chance and he’s done well,” he said. “He’s a great player and I

think it’s a great bunch of lads here that can do the same thing.”

The one downside of Wilshere’s remarkable rise for Lansbury and his

fellow England youngsters is the 19-year-old’s absence from the

upcoming tournament in Denmark. Despite repeatedly insisting he

would play, he was ultimately swayed by fears of burnout expressed

by Wenger. Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and Manchester City’s

Micah Richards have also been ruled out through injury. Lansbury

said: “Obviously, they’re great players. “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.” Despite the triple blow, England will be one of the

favourites to return victorious from Denmark. Apart from opening

opponents Spain, Europe’s traditional powerhouses all failed to

qualify, giving England a real chance of going better than their

2009 final appearance. Lansbury said: “We’ve got a great chance and

a great team spirit, talented players in the team and hopefully we

can push on from there.”