'Patrick was very upset': 50-year-old legend claims he regrets his Arsenal exit to European giants
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has claimed if he could go back, he’d never sign for Barcelona.
The Frenchman first joined the Gunners back in July 1997 from AS Monaco for just over £3m. He enjoyed a hugely successful time with the north Londoners, winning the Premier League in his first season.
However, he departed Highbury Stadium in the summer of 2000 in the midst of the European Championships for the Catalan giants.
His move to the Nou Camp was a flop with the World Cup winner lasting just one season.
And looking back at his career in an interview with Gooner Fanzine, the retired midfielder regrets his decision. He claims whilst it was an honour to play for the Spanish outfit, he ‘really didn’t like’ the experience.
When talking about his move to Barcelona, Petit said: “If I could go back, I would have never signed for Barcelona. To play for that club was a huge honour, but I never would have imagined what happened to me, it’s something I really don’t like.”
“When I left Arsenal, I knew I was missing them a lot. I’m pretty sure that Patrick was very upset when he heard that I was leaving the club, but after that they were Invincible.”
Petit has been a fierce critic of the current Arsenal first-team squad.
TBR View: Arsenal regret the transfer of Petit to Barcelona as much as the Frenchman
Oh what could’ve been for Arsenal, who probably regret the transfer of Petit to Barcelona as much as the Frenchman.
He was a midfield stalwart alongside Patrick Vieira in one of the greatest sides the Gunners have ever seen.
The 97/98 winning side were a dominant force that campaign, striking fear into the hearts of their opponents.
They struck so much fear Gary Neville was more scared of the outfit than the 2003/2004 invincible side.
When discussing the best Arsenal team he faced, the former Manchester United defender claimed the Wenger’s earlier side was better.
And at the heart of the team were two French midfielders.
Strong, imposing yet graceful on the ball. Vieira and Petit could’ve ruled England for years had the ponytailed ace not left the club for pastures new.