‘I am leaving Arsenal’ – Crucial behind-the

Reece Watson arrived at Arsenal in 2006 and worked up from assistant groundsman to head groundsman at the Emirates.

He worked closely with Arsene Wenger, who demanded the club’s groundsmen produce an immaculate surface to suit his slick passing style.

Watson did just that – the Emirates is renowned as one of the best pitches in the country – but he has today announced he’s leaving. Watson will bid goodbye to the role in February.

Posting on LinkedIn, Watson wrote: “After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter.