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.