Former Arsenal star, 32, retires from football after announcing start of shock new business

Former Arsenal star Henri Lansbury has retired from football at the age of 32.

The midfielder made eight appearances for the Gunners after progressing through the club’s academy.

Henri Lansbury retired at the age of 32


Henri Lansbury retired at the age of 32Photo credit: Getty
The midfielder helped Luton gain promotion to the Premier League last season


The midfielder helped Luton gain promotion to the Premier League last seasonPhoto credit: Getty
Lansbury got promoted at Arsenal


Lansbury got promoted at ArsenalPhoto credit: Getty
He now owns the lawn fertilizer company Grass Gains


He now owns the lawn fertilizer company Grass GainsPhoto credit: Instagram @thelawnlad

He played for Aston Villa in the Premier League but has spent most of his career in the Championship, playing for clubs including West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Norwich and Watford.

He most recently played for Luton and played 12 games as the Hatters earned promotion to the Prem.

But after his release, Lansbury decided to give up his career and focus on another career path.

He released a statement announcing his retirement: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with in the football world.”

“From managers, coaches to teammates and opponents – it’s been one hell of a ride!

“I’m so grateful for the great experiences I’ve had – from the clubs I’ve represented, to taking part in four promotions, to representing England at youth level, and for the support I’ve had in overcoming testicular cancer.

“The ups and downs, I enjoyed every minute of it.

“Rest and catch everyone on the lawn soon.”


Lansbury owns a grass fertilizer company called Grass Gains and has worked on pitches in Fulham and Genk.

He will now move to Monaco to work on the France team’s pitch, while Grass Gains’ fertilizer ‘Lawn Bulk’ has drawn rave reviews from the likes of Micah Richards, Luton star Tom Lockyer and former Wales international James Chester.

Lansbury said of his new career: “We finished Fulham, we finished Genk and we’ll be in Monaco soon.”

“We’re going in the right direction, some local clubs have asked for it and we’ve expressed it on their pitches as well.”

“I really want to give something back to the local clubs. I want them to have a nice lawn to play on. There’s nothing like a kid running on a striped lawn, and that’s what it does, it helps shed the stripes.”

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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