Scoring a goal at White Hart Lane in your first North London derby isn’t a bad way to announce yourself to the Arsenal fans and that’s exactly what Henri Lansbury did on his full debut for the Club.
The young midfielder netted the opening goal against Tottenham and played a pivotal role in a 4-1 win in the Carling Cup to endear himself to supporters on the big stage and show that he can cut it at the highest level.
Lansbury linked up with the first team on a more regular basis than in recent seasons but, despite his obvious hunger to force his way into Arsène Wenger’s plans, further opportunities were limited.
He joined Norwich on loan in November and went on to play a key role in helping them win automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
Initially joining on a short-term deal, the midfielder was an instant hit at Carrow Road and had the stint extended to January following some sparkling displays.
The loan was again extended, this time until the end of the season, at the end of January and he continued as an active member of Paul Lambert’s side, making 24 appearances, as the Canaries secured a return to the top flight.
“To come in against our rivals and score is a dream. Coming here [and playing] is massive. I've had all my mates on the phone today saying ‘Are you starting? Are you starting?’. To come here and win is always a great time for the fans."
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Lansbury opened his account for the Club with the first goal in a derby victory at Tottenham in September. He showed his delight by leaping high into the night sky at the home of the Gunners’ north London rivals.
Henri Lansbury celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur