Henri Lansbury has joined Nottingham Forest from Arsenal on a four-year deal said to be worth £1 million, the club’s ninth signing of the summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at West Ham and was previously at Norwich when they also won promotion. The Enfield-born player was linked with a permanent £2 million move to the Norfolk club where he began his career last summer; he was previously on loan at Scunthorpe and Watford.
Lansbury told Forest Player: “I’ll do everything in my power to make it a hat-trick with Forest. I’m not sure whether or not I am a lucky charm but I’ll be out to do all I can to get Forest up this season.
“Having been at Norwich and West Ham when they were promoted I suppose I’ve seen at first hand what is required and I’m in no doubt that Forest have what it takes to go up.
“There are a lot of good players here and I just can’t wait to get working with them in training on Thursday.
“I know I am leaving a huge club in Arsenal, where I have been since I was eight, but the time is right for me to move on and I’m delighted to be joining a club of Forest’s stature in the game.
“The stadium is great and everything about the club feels right. I’m also aware of the manager’s reputation for wanting to play the game in the right manner. He’s renowned for encouraging a passing game – and that suits me fine.
Having joined Arsenal at the age of eight, Lansbury has represented England at Under-16, Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 level but only managed eight senior appearances for Arsenal, scoring against Tottenham in the 2010/11 campaign.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of Lansbury in 2010: “Henri Lansbury is a type of player who I rate because of his qualities, but as well his mental strength, the timing of his runs. He gives you qualities that are very difficult to find in the modern game.
“He goes always behind [the defence] and he has the timing to get in the box and scores goals from midfield. He is showing that again the other night when you see the cross coming in, who is on the move? It’s Henri.
“I like his attitude, his spirit, his mental strength and of course his qualities. He has not played for a while; he played with cramps until the last minute [against Spurs] and has a fantastic team attitude. I rate him and I like him.”
The deal is rumoured to be worth a further £1 million to Arsenal if Forest are promoted within the next two seasons.
Lansbury scored this wonder goal for England Under-21s against Belgium in February…