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By ESPN Staff

Lansbury eyes spot in first-team

Henri Lansbury hopes to force his way into the Arsenal first team next season having helped Norwich win promotion to the Premier League.

Lansbury made 23 appearances for the Canaries, 15 starts, as they secured second place in the Championship during his loan spell.

Despite Norwich boss Paul Lambert - a reported target for managerless West Ham - being keen to retain his services again as they attempt to stay in the top flight, Lansbury intends to target a place in Arsene Wenger's plans.

Lansbury, 20, said in the official Arsenal magazine: ''I just want to try and force my way into the Arsenal side next season. I have to come back raring to go, to be strong and try and take my place. I am ready to prove myself here, and show the boss that I am ready to be in the first team.''

Lansbury feels Wenger's young Gunners can come good in 2011-12 after a disappointing end to the current campaign, which again ended without a trophy.

''Hopefully next season we will push strongly for the title again,'' said Lansbury, who scored his first senior Arsenal goal in the 4-1 Carling Cup win at Tottenham in September.

''You can see the positives in the young guys' performances - Jack Wilshere has come a long way this season and I think going out on loan helped him improve massively. Aaron Ramsey is fit and strong again too, as you saw when he scored against [Manchester] United. Hopefully we can all push on again come August.''


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