Arsenal have rewarded Henri Lansbury with a new contract, despite sending the Academy graduate out on loan for a fourth successive season.
The energetic midfielder, who was thrust into action by Arsene Wenger against both Liverpool and Manchester United in August, has since made his debut for West Ham United in the Championship as he looks to garner further first team experience away from the Emirates.
Lansbury has previously shone during impressive spells with Scunthorpe United, Watford and Norwich City and has become an influential part of Stuart Pearce’s England under-21 set-up in recent months.
While on one level the new deal hints at a long-term future with the Gunners, the decision to reward the 20-year-old with a new contract could also be viewed as the safeguarding of a potential transfer fee should he be sold in the next two years.
A statement on Arsenal.com confirming the deal reads:
“Arsenal Football Club has today announced that Henri Lansbury has signed a contract extension with the Club.
“The 20-year-old midfielder, currently on loan with Championship side West Ham United, has reaffirmed his future to the Gunners after signing an extension to the contract he originally penned in December 2009.
“The Enfield-born youngster featured twice for Arsenal this term before sealing a season-long move to Upton Park on transfer deadline day. Lansbury got off to a flying start with the Hammers at the weekend, netting on his debut as Sam Allardyce’s side defeated Portsmouth 4-3.
“An England Under-21 international, he featured in this summer’s European Championships in Denmark and scored for the Three Lions in their recent 4-1 qualifying victory over Israel. He has also captained his country at Under-19 and Under-16 level.
“Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Henri’s continued contribution with the Club in the coming seasons.”
Lansbury is the second young Gunner to sign a contract extension before committing to another season on loan; earlier in the summer Kyle Bartley moved to Rangers after penning a new deal in North London.