Henri a happy Hammer

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Henri Lansbury is determined to prove that Sam Allardyce made the right decision in bringing him to West Ham on deadline day.

The Hammers signed Lansbury from Arsenal on a season-long loan as they attempt to secure a return to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

Having spent part of last season with Norwich, it had been expected that Lansbury would play a greater role at Arsenal this term, with the versatile midfielder gaining valuable first-team experience at Carrow Road.

However, Arsene Wenger has allowed the 20-year-old to further his football education elsewhere for the time being, and Lansbury is delighted that it is at a club of the stature of West Ham.

"I'm definitely happy at joining West Ham," he told "It's a massive club and I'm happy to come over here and play for such a club.

"It was a bit late when I found out but as soon as West Ham came in for me it was a definite yes on my part.


"West Ham are such a big club and having such a great manager and such great players here as well."

Although he had hoped to establish himself at the Emirates Stadium this season, Lansbury took little time to make the decision to move to Upton Park when Big Sam came calling.

The England under-21 international feels he can thrive under the former Bolton boss, while he is also looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside Hammers' skipper Kevin Nolan in the middle of the park.

"No I didn't have any reservations," he explained. "The manager here asked me to come and play.

"So I spoke to the manager at Arsenal who told me I might not get the amount of football I wanted and I just wanted to go and play. West Ham have given me that chance to come and do just that."

He added: "Kevin's a very experienced player and I look forward to playing with him. We've played against each other a few times and even had our arguments, but I look forward to playing with him and getting West Ham up the league."

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