Arsenal’s head groundsman will prepare the Emirates on Tuesday night for the last time before leaving the club.
Reece Watson has been in charge of preparing the pitch for Arsenal for 13 years but revealed back in November that he would be leaving the club in February, 2019.
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After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter. I will leave my position in February to start a new and innovative company which will approach things differently and I'm confident will have a great impact on our industry. I would like to thank Arsenal FC for the amazing opportunities they have provided me, for which I will be forever grateful. I leave behind a fantastic team and indeed some of my closest friends, all of whom have had such a positive influence on my life. We will be celebrating at the Highbury Barn on the 8th February, so please join us. I’m very excited for what the future holds, watch this space … #arsenal #emiratesstadium #groundsman
He has now taken to Instagram again to speak about his impending departure. He said, “The Cardiff game on Tuesday will be my last at the club, it’s all getting emotional already with the realisation it is the last time I’m performing certain tasks preparing the surface for this amazing stadium, a place which I’ve been so attached, since the first day it was opened.”
It’s a shame to see any of the Arsenal ground staff leaving the club because they do such an excellent job consistently. The surface at the Emirates Stadium is always as pristine as it was at Highbury, and they clearly take great pride in keeping it that way.
Still, after working under Arsene Wenger for so many years, and reportedly building up a relationship with the old boss, perhaps Watson felt that this was the right time for him to move on.
Hopefully, Watson has already had the chance to pass his expertise onto the rest of the staff at Arsenal, and they can continue winning the Premier League’s Grounds Team of the Season award regularly in the future.