Henri Lansbury is clearly hoping to use pre-season to convince Arsene Wenger he’s ready to make the step-up to the first team.
He spent last season on loan at West Ham where he wasn’t used as much as he might have liked, and the season before that with Norwich.
Speaking after Arsenal’s majestic triumph in the Marky Mark Cup, Lansbury told Arsenal Player, “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.”
He’s now at a point where it’s almost now or never in terms of Arsenal, and he did sign a contract extension in September of last year.
Meanwhile, Carl Jenkinson, who set up Lansbury’s goal in the Derpa Lerpa Cup, says everyone is looking forward to playing with new boys Lukas Podoldski and Olivier Giroud.
“They are two world-class players, they are fantastic signings and fantastic assets for this club,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to playing alongside them both. Everyone is delighted that we have signed players of that calibre.”
Neither player has yet reported for pre-season duty, having been given extended time off due to their Euro 2012 exploits, but both will be part of the Asian tour which kicks off next Tuesday in Malaysia.