Henri Lansbury was
with Norwich until the age of 9 when he followed Roy
Massey to Arsenal. By the tme he was 14, he was training with
Arsenal's Under-18s and is seen as one of their brightest prospects.
A central midfielder, Henri played for England in the UEFA Under-17
competition held in May but was injured in the semi-final win
over France and so missed the final which England won
Lansbury made his first team debut for Arsenal in the autumn
of 2008 in the 3-0 Carling Cup victory over Sheffield United.
On Transfer Deadline Day (2nd February 2009), Henri was loaned
out to Scunthorpe. He helped them to win promotion to the Championshp
and reach the final of the Johnstone Paint Trophy
Lansbury then competed for England in the European Under-19 championship;
and reached the final before losing 2-0 to hosts Ukraine. Scunthorpe
manager Nigel Adkins then expressed his interest in having Lansbury
return to Scunthorpe.
On 1st September 2009, Henri was loaned to Malky
Mackay's Watford until 31st December 2009. This was extended
until the end of the season. Henri made 37 appearances for Watford,
scoring five goals.
On his return to Arsenal, he made his Premier League debut in
the 4-0 thumping of Fulham on 9th May 2010.
During 2010/11 his Arsenal appearances have been restricted to
the Carling Cup, although his last outing brought him a goal in
the 4-1 North London derby win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane
His made his full debut for England Under-21s in Germany in November
2010 and played the final 32 minutes of a 2-0 defeat as
an emergency goalkeeper after substitute Jason Steele, who had
replaced Scott Loach, had been sent off
On 22nd November 2010, he joined Norwich on a month's loan as
cover for the injured Korey Smith,
Matthew Gill and Stephen
Lansbury made his debut for City on 28th November 2010 in the
Old Farm derby clash with Ipswich which the Canaries won 4-1.
Lansbury had an impressive game and was involved in the second
of Grant Holt's three goals. Lansbury's
spell at Carrow Road was then extended until 16th January 2011
Lansbury returned to Arsenal in mid-January having made 5 appearances
for Norwich. A hamstring injury sustained against Coventry denied
him further appearances. He returned to Norwich on 21st January
2011, signing on loan until the end of the season
On 20th March 2011
Lansbury came runner-up to Ipswich's Connor Wickham in the Young
Player of the Year at the Football League Awards
Norwich won promotion to the Premiership, on 2nd May 2011 with
a 1-0 win at Portsmouth with Henri playing a key role (23
appearances, 4 goals) in the Canaries' promotion challenge.
Linked in July 2011 with a switch to Bolton as a makeweight in
Arsenal's bid for defender Gary Cahill, Norwich reportedly made
a £1.5million bid for him. Despite being linked with QPR,
Norwich and Blackburn in the August 2011 transfer window, Henri
was loaned to West Ham on 31st August 2011 days after appearing
as a substitute for the Gunners in their 8-2 defeat at Manchester
United. Henri will stay with the Hammers until the end of the
2011/12 season. He made 22 appearances for the Hammers
On 28th August 2012, lansbury signed for Notts Forest for £1million,
signing a four year contract and becoming manager Sean O'Driscoll's
ninth signing of the summer. He had played just eight games for
Lansbury was reported to be a £5million target for Premier
League newboys Burnley in August 2014. A year later, Burnely,
newly relegated to the Championship, made a £4million bid
for Lansbury's services.
The rumour mill in January 2017 saw Villa linked with a £3million move tor Lansbury with Derby, Watford and West Brom also allegedly interested. Norwich were then linked with a swoop for their former player but he instead joined Villa on 20th January 2017 for £2.75million. He had played 150 games for Forest, scoring 33 goals and was their captain at the time of his transfer.