The young Englishman featured in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup at Southampton last Saturday, which featured a somewhat young and inexperienced Arsenal squad.
While the Gunners did lose to Southampton in the final match on penalties, it wasn’t enough to deprive them of first place after beating Anderlecht earlier in the day.
Lansbury is quoted as saying by official Arsenal website Arsenal.com:
It’s always nice to play for the Club you have been with for so long, and hopefully I can put on the shirt many more times.
To get another promotion was great. It was a good experience for me at West Ham.
It was a great opportunity for the lads to get some minutes under their belts and to win [the Memorial Cup] was a bonus. The goal came after a good cross by Jenks and it was nice to get on the end of it.
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I should have scored [against Southampton] as well, but I thought the keeper would clear it. I got a bit excited and fell over!
It is somewhat odd knowing that Lansbury is only 21, yet has been around the Arsenal set-up for so long making his Arsenal debut way back in October 2007 in the League Cup and his Premier League debut in May 2010.
On the topic of whether the young Englishman should get his chance in the first team, opinions seem to be divided. He has toiled around the fringes of the squad for a while now, being loaned out to numerous clubs with West Ham the most recent side he was loaned to.
While he shows signs of promise, Arsenal are in no way currently short of midfielders with Wilshere, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Diaby, Frimpong, Coquelin and Chamberlain all vying for spots in Arsenal’s midfield.
Personally I would like to see him loaned out to another Premier League side this coming season. Regular playing time in the Premier League would be enormous for the progression of his career. Although in saying this, the youngster has already shown great loyalty and perseverance after being loaned out for numerous past seasons. Perhaps he does deserve his chance.
What do you guys think? Should Lansbury be given the chance to break into the first team? Or do you think he should get more experience on loan? Feel free to leave a comment below!