Swansea set to edge out Leeds in Lansbury loan capture

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Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury looks set to leave the club on loan this week but his destination is still undecided.

Last week, Leeds United emerged as the front runners to sign the England under-21 international on a temporary basis, with Simon Grayson’s side having the added bonus of already possessing one Arsenal loanee in Sanchez Watt. Today, however, fresh reports have circulated, with Swansea City now appearing to be in pole position.

Swans manager Brendan Rodgers said

“The club has been in touch with his representatives and with Arsenal more importantly and we’re obviously looking to do a deal to bring him here. We are hoping in the next couple of days that we can sort something out.”

Lansbury, who has enjoyed previous loan spells with Scunthorpe United and, more recently, Watford, was promoted to the first-team squad by manager Arsene Wenger this summer despite enduring an injury-hit pre-season. The presence of Jack Wilshere, however, means that Lansbury would be unlikely to see much game time outside of the Carling Cup should he remain with the Gunners.

Lansbury found the net for Arsenal Reserves yesterday in their final pre-season friendly before the commencement of the new Reserve League season on Wednesday night. If, as expected, he does depart, then that will mean greater opportunities for the likes of Chuks Aneke and Oguzhan Ozyakup at Reserve level.

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30 thoughts on “Swansea set to edge out Leeds in Lansbury loan capture

    Greg said:
    August 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i dont understand the point of him going back to The Championship on loan. he already proved last season that he’s more than capable of playing at that level. i would have much preferred a loan to a lower end Premier League club. i think he could def be a regular for Blackpool in central midfield, and from what i observed this weekend their passing style would suit him perfectly

      swissgooner said:
      August 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      I too. I don’t understand the point of going back to Championship again. He already spent a full season there and did well. Do we want to make him a Championship player? And don’t forget the injury to Frimpong.

      I though Lansbury would stay in the first team waiting for opportunities when they come. And C.C. games + some FA.C. games and a few PL appearances aren’t bad for a first season. Competition with first team players would only improve him, I think.

    bc said:
    August 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Perhaps Blackpool dont want him?

    Liam Brady and Tony Currie wonder goals in the same game said:
    August 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    He would suit the new style of play emerging at Elland rd .. Graysons Leeds- its is on the deck and quick – suits Watt and I cant understand how Leeds would not be more attractive than Swansea ? they get 35k vocal gate in at Elland rd regular
    Henri ..think about it

      okplayer said:
      August 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      He might not be guaranteed a starting spot at Leeds. They have some good players there.

      JJJack said:
      August 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Total nonsense. Leeds got 25k on Saturday. Swansea are an established top Championship side. Lids have only just come up & may struggle to stay up woithout Beckford. Lansbury has already signed for Brendan Rogers once so why not again. Clearly he wants to play for him again- just like Scott Sinclair.

        weallloveleeds said:
        August 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

        Swans up in 2008 with 92 points, Leeds finished 5th with 76 and a 15 point deduction, without this we’d have been promoted alongside you. Swans have averaged 15,000/wk over last 2 seasons, Leeds averaged 24,000/wk in a lower division. We may struggle, we may not, we certainly did well against Championship & Premiership clubs last year.

        TopCat said:
        August 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

        25K would be a pipe dream dream at Swansea. Leeds are already top of the League attendances, Swans are erm 17th.
        Last season average was a mighty 15,407 with the max gate of 18,794. Massive. Leeds game at the weekend was against Millwall who brought a van load of away support.

        Swansea are not an established top Championship side, admittedly done quite well but just 2 previous seasons at this level does not make them established. Martinez couldn’t get away soon enough.

        Leeds are much better without Beckford with the style of play much more dynamic. Just ask Millwall who were top before visiting ER. Swans will find out in 2 weeks.

        The only attribute Swans have is a gobby Captain in Monk.

    Wrenny said:
    August 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    It’s disappointing he couldn’t get a loan to a Premier League club, Newcastle and West Brom were both interested. He had a very good year in the Championship, I’m not sure how much he’s going to gain from playing another season at that level. I suppose as long as he plays regularly he will keep on progressing, but for me he’s good enough to start games in the EPL for a number of sides.

    Bala said:
    August 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I want to see him play for a premier league rather than championship. If he does go to championship i would rather let him go to leeds than swansea

      JJJack said:
      August 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      Why- on what basis??

    Myra said:
    August 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    What any young Arsenal player has to do is dominate the Championship – this means he also has to be in a good enough team to stamp his qualities on the matches. Another season for him there feels like a let-down, but if a player doesn’t dominate week in week out then he’s definitely not ready for the Premier league. Whilshere did very well at Bolton. CHampionship cloggers couldn’t get near him. Lansbury is not there yet IMO so he won’t play regularly for Bolton or anyone else.

    Another factor, does a relegation battle help young players technically? Does it help them gain the confidence to try new things? Do they enjoy their football? Are their teammates doing what a passing midfielder needs them to do – make runs, time runs, see the space, etc., or is everyone shell shocked and just trying not to embarrass themselves? I don’t think Simpson going to WBA helped him much. He was much better served at QPR despite the madness there.

    Maybe Championship till January, then renew or look for a shift to a Premier league side and battle his way into contention for a starting spot.

      Wrenny said:
      August 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      Interesting points. Simpson’s loan spell in the PL with West Brom was indeed too early for him – he was very good in League One with Milwall, and the natural progression should have been to then spend some time in the Championship. He wasn’t ready for the Premier League and his time with West Brom only served to destroy his confidence, which must have been sky high after being voted League One player of the year.

      Speaking about relegation battles, I’m not sure how important it is that a young player is sent to a successful team, or even plays particularly well. I believe the physical and mental adaptation to playing every week, sometimes twice a week, in a competitive environment is the most important aspect of a loan. As is making mistakes and learning from them. The technical ability of your youngsters is high, that’s not something that I think is tested at the levels they’ll be playing at. Becoming mentally and physically stronger in my opinion is the key to a successful loan.

        Wrenny said:
        August 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

        our youngsters*

    Liam Brady and Tony Currie wonder goals in the same game said:
    August 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    i suspect he may well still end up at Leeds – despite his good relations with swansea manager – they are the better side Jack despite your admirable support – and will on this saturdays performance v Millwall be in the play offs with that type of attacking football they dished out to the unbeaten Millwall on saturday – Watt was outstanding as was Sommne only on for 15 minutes and scored two cracking goals with elegant first touch – watch him go

      JJJack said:
      August 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      On the basis of one match eh? Do you not ever learn? 3yrs in Lge 1…

    kenyan gunner said:
    August 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    A real shame. I thought he was ready for the Premier League. Sad!

    Rollo said:
    August 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Liam Brady and Tony Currie wonder goals in the same game :

    i suspect he may well still end up at Leeds – despite his good relations with swansea manager – they are the better side Jack despite your admirable support – and will on this saturdays performance v Millwall be in the play offs with that type of attacking football they dished out to the unbeaten Millwall on saturday – Watt was outstanding as was Sommne only on for 15 minutes and scored two cracking goals with elegant first touch – watch him go

    On what basis are you saying Leeds are a better side than Swansea City – over 3 game played? Leeds are not the Leeds of old. They will be strong at home but will be awful away from home and besides Swansea play very attractive football from what I have seen. Swansea’s style of play is on the deck and proper passing game which will suit Henri well.

    Jom said:
    August 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Blackpool might be good for lansbury but at the same time I guess they will have to defend a lot i premier league. They did play some good football against us but they lost 6-0. If they want to stay in the PL they will have to defend a lot more. westbrom migh be a better choice but just because he is playing in championship doesn’t mean he wont develop to a huge player for us.

    championship is still pretty good and as long as lansbury get to play a lot we should not complain too much. Maybe he will stay in leeds for 3 months and then move up to westbrom or fulham or blackpool?

    There is no point to play against players who will make you look shit every week. your confident will be down as hell and you will doubt if you will ever make it at their level.

    KC said:
    August 24, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I read from a fan who was at the match in Ireland on the weekend that Lansbury was kind enough to stay behind and sign autographs of kids after the match. I love reading that kind of thing from, especially about young players.

    I think Lansbury is a really good kid and will become a solid pro. That said, I’ve written often am coming to belive more and more that he’s in a very precarious position in terms of making it at the club. With Cesc, Nasri, Rosicky (brilliant performance on the weekend), Ramsey, and Wilshere potentially ahead of him in the attacking mid-role it looks a bleak future in the first team for the kid.

    Add to that that you can replace Rosicky with either Diaby and/or Denilson in the box to box role and you still have a monstrous ask for that position.

    The realy problem is that, as mentioned in the article, behind him he’s got such talents as Aneke, Ozyakup, Henderson, Galindo, and Ebecilio. A lot remains to be seen from them but they all look to be sharp talents and, frankly, I’d be very suprised if Aneke and one other from that group don’t surpass Lansbury in the pecking order within the next 18 months.

    John said:
    August 24, 2010 at 7:22 am

    There appears to be a lot of unsubstantiated opinion in this discussion. Swansea have been hailed the best footballing side outside the Premier League for the last 2/3 years, even being called “the Arsenal of the Championship”. Swansea have a settled structure and style of play and almost always dominate possession of the football… that might sound familiar to Arsenal fans and that’s why young, talented players would and should come to Swansea.

    William said:
    August 24, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Leeds will not go back down. Play offs is more realistic.

    If Henri wants to be playing passing football in his own half then go to Swansea. Fast, attacking, passing football then come to Elland Road and play in front of 25k+

    kenyan gunner said:
    August 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Never really understood this business of “With Cesc, Nasri, Rosicky (brilliant performance on the weekend), Ramsey, and Wilshere potentially ahead of him in the attacking mid-role it looks a bleak future in the first team for the kid” in this instance quoted by KC. Footballers, like all individuals, do not develop in a linear line. Some jump, some hop and others sink. Take the example of Adam Johnson. He had to play second fiddle to Stuart Downing at ‘boro.Today he is an England international in his own right. Lansbury’s development, like any other young player, is an individual thing. None of those players mentioned stand in his way. If he’s good enough he’ll supplant them. Remember Lauren and Eboue, Eboue and Sagna, Sylvinho and Ashley Cole, just to mention a few?

      Hiro said:
      August 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      but johnson really became a man of his own and realized his potential AFTER he stopped being downing’s sub. lansbury will be a sub for the rest of his life in arsenal and will never get the chance to play regularly in order to evolve as a player.

      KC said:
      August 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      Well, yea, I actually agree with you. If Lansbury’s development sees him surpass Cesc, Nasri, Ramsey, or Wilshere, and also stay comfortably ahead of Henderson, Aneke, Ozyakup, Galindo, and Ebecilio, well, yes, he will be an Arsenal first teamer.

      My only point is that I dont’ see that happening based on the ages and talent of that group relative to what he’s shown up to this point in his development.

      G said:
      August 25, 2010 at 2:26 am

      There are a lot factors that will determine which players will make it and for how long. For instance, I think the shift to a 4-3-3 give Lansbury a chance to make it. If Arsenal were to revert back to a 4-4-2, then I can’t see a place for him in centeral midfield. I also think we have too look at the qualities of each player and the positions they can play. Lansbury has great vision and passing ability which could allow him to be a deep lying passing midfielder at Arsenal. He also can cross the ball well and once in a blue moon be a dynamic attacking player. I think he could slot in central midfield beside a defensive player, which may be a role he may eventually become better suited to playing then the likes of Aneke, Denilson, Ramsey or Wilshere who all better in more advanced midfield roles. We have to remember that Fabregas won’t be here in the long-term, so we could see Ramsey take his place with Wilshere playing on the right and Walcott up front in not to distant future.

      If Lansbury fails to make, then it will be because of his limited athleticism and mediocre first touch. It will be because Arsenal don’t have room for a Michael Carrick type player on their roster. Midfielders here need to be able to run with the ball as well as pass it. With a few exceptions, Lansbury only does one. Yet, he is highly rated here and with the England teams. There must be good reasons for that.

    Liam Brady and Tony Currie wonder goals in the same game said:
    August 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    @Jack…leeds fans want him at Elland rd and Swansea fans want him in Wales – law of the playground and a fan bias i guess …Jack my friend do not underestimate Leeds this year ..Grayson got Blackpool up in many ways

    they are not the leeds who were sent down and will be up there this year and i wager finish higher than Swansea football club ! – thats my opinion … spoken like a true kid in the playground

    weallloveleeds said:
    August 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Rollo :

    Liam Brady and Tony Currie wonder goals in the same game :
    i suspect he may well still end up at Leeds – despite his good relations with swansea manager – they are the better side Jack despite your admirable support – and will on this saturdays performance v Millwall be in the play offs with that type of attacking football they dished out to the unbeaten Millwall on saturday – Watt was outstanding as was Sommne only on for 15 minutes and scored two cracking goals with elegant first touch – watch him go

    On what basis are you saying Leeds are a better side than Swansea City – over 3 game played? Leeds are not the Leeds of old. They will be strong at home but will be awful away from home and besides Swansea play very attractive football from what I have seen. Swansea’s style of play is on the deck and proper passing game which will suit Henri well.

    Leeds did play it around on the deck against Millwall, with a lot of credit for this down to your Mr. Watt. From what’s being said about Lansbury, he should probably fit straight in at Leeds. And as for awful away from home, I was at Forrest the other Sunday – OK we were dire for the first 20 mins or so, but after that, we got back into the game, got an equaliser and should have gone on to win.

    kenyan gunner said:
    August 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Lansbury and Wilshere called up by Pierce to the England under 21 squad. Most of the squad will feature in the Premier League. Lansbury should have more ambition than playing in the championship! I’d even support a loan spell at Blackburn. They’d surely harden him up as Bolton did Wilshere!

    Mark said:
    August 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

    It would be great if he could a Premier League player and there was talk of Newcastle and I’m sure a few others would have taken him to sit on the bench but he needs to be a starter every week.

    Leeds or Swansea are both fine choices and a step up from Watford,

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