Butterworth is now a scout for England U21 and was impressed by Lansbury last season on-loan at Carrow Road.
“If I was Henri Lansbury I would want to play regular football, but will he cement a place at Arsenal? Probably not at the start of the season, at least. He needs to play games for a Premier League club, he’s gone past the Championship,” Butterworth told the Pink Un.
“I saw him about five or six times last season. I always relayed back positive reports to Stuart (Pearce) and he likes him.
“Henri needs to play football, get a good run of 15 or 20 games. I think he’s bit like David Beckham, he sees a pass, it’s inch-perfect. He has good technique, quality on the ball.
“I like to see him play behind the front two because he sees things that others don’t see.
“But I don’t know where Stuart will play him because he has people like Jack Rodwell, Jordan Henderson and Fabrice Muamba in midfield – there are a few decent players there.”