By Declan Taylor

Henri Lansbury believes that his performance in Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup victory over Wolves was his best since returning from last season’s long lay-off with glandular fever.

Lansbury, who made three Carling Cup appearances in late 2008, capped a superb night’s work with a fine assist in the 3-0 victory and was unlucky to see a second-half free-kick float inches wide of the post.

After the game the cultured midfielder reflected on the performance and discussed the personal importance of the FA Youth Cup.

“I would say it was my best performance since coming back,” Lansbury told “I don’t think I have run so much since I’ve been back so I thought I did well.

“I feel missing six months of football at that age was a big setback. Now I just need to push on and hopefully play well for the rest of the season. This competition provides a bigger buzz than league games because of that trophy at the end of it. Everyone’s up for it and they want to win it.

“I’ve played in it four times now and I haven’t won it yet so this year I want to win it. This is my last year available to play in it so I’m giving everything and hopefully we’ll get there.”

Having been at the Club since he was nine, Lansbury is one of the longest-serving members of the Arsenal Academy and the 18-year-old was keen to pay tribute to the team spirit among the young Gunners.

“We’re all mates here, there’s a great team spirit in the camp and a lot of banter goes about between the lads,” he explained.” I think when we train well together, we play well together like we showed tonight. I can see no reason why we can’t do something in this competition.

“I’ve grown up with them and I want to win it with them.”

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14 Jan 2009