Lansbury grabbed Hammers chance
Henri Lansbury says he is prepared to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis in order to secure regular first-team football.
Last Updated: 12/09/11 10:01am
Henri Lansbury says he is prepared to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis in order to secure regular first-team football after scoring on his West Ham United debut.
The midfielder joined the Hammers on a season-long loan before the close of the transfer window and marked his first appearance with a goal in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Portsmouth.
He had previously featured as a substitute for Arsenal against Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League, but has struggled to make an impression in Arsene Wenger's first-team plans.
The England Under 21 international impressed on loan at Norwich City last season and was linked with a permanent move to Carrow Road in the summer.
The 20-year-old is rated by Wenger, but Lansbury concedes he will have to consider his options if he is not going to be involved with the Gunners next season.
"I spoke to Arsene before and asked if I was in his plans," said Lansbury.
"Wenger said I wouldn't play that much football and I'm not the type to sit around and get 10 minutes here and there.
"I asked about going on loan and got the move to West Ham.
"He talks how he rates me but obviously he's not playing me. I need to be playing and West Ham gave me a chance so I wanted to take it.
"My priority has been to play in the Arsenal first team since I've been a youngster. But if I have to go then I must."