The former Arsenal genius is now a gardening entrepreneur with a great nickname |  Football |  Sport
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The former Arsenal genius is now a gardening entrepreneur with a great nickname | Football | Sport

Former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury has made a remarkable transition from the football pitch to the world of lawn care, growing in his new venture since retiring. Lansbury, who retired last summer at the age of 32 after a title-winning season with Luton Town, is backing a growing lawn fertilizer company.

His venture Grass Gains is already making waves in the industry. Lansbury, who played eight times for the Gunners’ first team, discovered he had green hands during the pandemic lockdown. Not only did his products hit the shelves at Homebase, but they also brought him back to familiar territory, treating the grounds he once frequented as a youngster at the Hale End academy at the Arsenal.

Lansbury also looked after the sacred grass of Craven Cottage in Fulham and even traveled around the world to Monaco and Genk. Speaking to talkSPORT, Lansbury shared his ambitions: “We are going in the right direction, a few local clubs have asked for it and we have put it on their pitches as well.

“I want to give something back to the local clubs, I want them to have a nice pitch to play on. There’s nothing better than a kid running down the field with stripes and that’s what he does, he helps bring it together.”

After scoring his final goal in September 2022, Lansbury celebrated with the odd gesture of mowing the lawn, a nod to Luton’s gift of turf on the training ground for maintenance. Teammate Carlton Morris was full of praise, saying: “Honestly, it’s like a bowling green. He definitely knows his way around a garden, that’s for sure.”

In 2010, Lansbury, then on loan to Watford, was hailed by Arsene Wenger as a star of the future. “He will be an important player for me,” the Arsenal manager said at the time.

“At the moment he has a very interesting experience (at Watford) which we consider very successful. He will return at the end of the season and train with the first team in the next pre-season. Then we will assess the situation with him.”

Despite these high hopes, Lansbury moved from Arsenal to Nottingham Forest in 2012 after several loan spells for £1 million, and later joined Aston Villa. Keen to make a name for himself at Arsenal, Lansbury now dreams of cleaning up the pitch at Emirates Stadium.

The 33-year-old, who has adopted the title of garden artist and is known on social media platforms as “The Lawn Lad”, was recently honored by Turf Business as the best influencer of 2023. After encountering problems with toxic fertilizers, he was inspired to launch Grass Gains.

Lansbury has now shared her insights into the company’s growing success and the importance of maintaining a pristine garden. He said: “A lot of it has to do with branding. You see other companies…all plastic boxes, quite dull, quite boring. I’m just trying to elevate the gardening world.”

He then emphasized the value of a well-kept lawn, saying, “If you make your grass nice, it will be like another room in the house. You can add 10-15 thousand. pounds if your grass is nice. Don’t just throw all your garbage money into the garden.

“A lot of our complaints are about grass not growing in certain areas. It’s full of bricks and plastic. They kill the soil. Our product lifts the soil and helps it regenerate.”