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.
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.”
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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.”