Former Arsenal star set to retire at age 32
Arsenal Academy star is set to retire from football at just 32, as he sets on a surprising brand new career outside of being a footballer.
The former midfielder began his career in North London, where he was a highly-rated youngster and graduated to the first team under Arsene Wenger.
After making eight appearances for Arsenal, he went on to represent Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Bristol City, as well as earn 17 England U21 Caps.
He was last seen as part of the Luton squad that won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in June, but upon the expiry of his contract at Kenilworth Road he has decided to take his career down a different path a garden path in fact.
The 32-year-old is heading to Monaco to work on the French side’s pitches, after coming up with a new formula for fertiliser.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Gunners youngster Henri Lansbury revealed his plans and his excitement at taking the business, Grass Gains, across Europe. ‘It came about during the first lockdown when I was stuck at home and got into gardening,’ Lansbury explained.
‘I started to spray my weeds with toxic stuff and put toxic fertiliser down and my missus wasn’t too happy about the kids running on the grass straight after. I was trying to usher them off and she said ‘why can’t they just make an organic fertiliser?’
I put my head together with my mate and me and the boys have cracked on and taken it to another level. ‘Having already worked on grounds in the UK, Grass Gains is now heading for the Champions League and Monaco’s pitch, and Lansbury admits it’s rewarding to give something back to the game.
Adding: ‘We’ve done Fulham, we’ve done Genk and we’re in at Monaco soon.’ ‘We’re going in the right direction, a few local clubs have asked for it and we’ve put it down on their pitches as well.
I want to give back to the local clubs really, I want them to have a nice pitch to play on, there’s nothing better than a kid running on a pitch with stripes on it and that’s what it does, it helps stripe it off.’
Lansbury first spoke of his love of gardening last October, after explaining his lawn mowing goal celebration following his goal in Luton’s 2-0 win over Hull.
Explaining the stunt to Sky Sports in his post-match interview, Lansbury revealed a love for gardening and gave a shoutout to his new venture.
‘It’s massive [for me]. It keeps me away from the training ground with the lads. ‘I’ll shout out the boys at Grass Gains [a blend of organic fertilisers], they have been crucial to this. It makes your grass nice and green.’
Last season he played 33 times for the Hatters, but is now set to hang up his boots and reach for the gardening gloves in his career post-football.