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Rodgers patient over bid for Arsenal's Henri Lansbury

Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury
Lansbury is described as a quick, skilful and intelligent midfielder

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers says they must be patient and respect Arsenal's needs as they bid to sign midfielder Henri Lansbury on loan.

Rodgers says the England Under-21 player wants to move to the Championship club.

"Henri and ourselves are keen for him to come here and get games, but the reality is he's an Arsenal player," said Rodgers.

"We need to respect their ability to wait for when the time's right."

The London-born 19-year-old, who came through the Arsenal ranks, made his Premier League debut in last season's 4-0 final day win over Fulham.

But he spent most of the campaign on loan at Watford where he played 39 games scoring five goals.

Lansbury usually plays as an attacking midfielder but is also able to play on either wing.

Rodgers added: "They need to name their 25-man squad and it's one where they need to make sure that they are not letting anyone out who could maybe come into that and rightly so. I totally understand that."

Lansbury first appeared for Arsenal 19 days after turning 17 in the 3-0 Carling Cup win over Sheffield United in October 2007.

But he did not feature again for almost a year, playing in the Gunners' three Carling Cup ties of the 2008/09 season, a 6-0 win over Sheffield United, a 3-0 win over Wigan followed by a 2-0 defeat by Burnley.

Lansbury's first taste of Football League action came in February 2009 when he joined Scunthorpe in a three-month loan deal where he scored four goals in 16 appearances, helping the Iron to promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

"He's a very talented young player, has a terrific pedigree and he's been brought up really well," added Rodgers.

"I know the people at Arsenal well and they do a wonderful job in developing their talent and I also know it's important for them that the players go to the correct clubs."

Should Lansbury join, he will be Rodgers' second signing since taking over, following the arrival of Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair.

Rodgers has been looking for a new midfielder to fill the void left by Leon Britton in the summer for Sheffield United after almost eight years at the club.

He is also hoping to add Dutch trialist Kemy Agustien as well as two strikers with West Ham youngster Frank Nouble on his radar.

"We know where we want to be, we know the type of player we wanted to bring in and it's not as easy just to bring a striker in as lots of things have to fit the bill," said Rodgers.

"There are a whole number of strikers available, but there's not many who fit in terms of how we want to play.

"We will wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks and we are hopeful that we can add some more strength and power to that area."



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