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Arsenal Legend Petit Regrets Turning Down Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd

It has been reported that Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit regrets turning down Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Emmanuel Petit

Petit, 44, made 85 appearances for Arsenal, winning the Premier League title and FA Cup during his spell in north London.

The Frenchman eventually left, along with team-mate Marc Overmars, to join Barcelona for £7m in 2000, but chose to return to England after one season in Spain.

Petit joined Chelsea for £7.5m, but admits he regrets the decision.

In his new book entitle Franc-tireur (Maverick), Petit reveals: “I made a lifestyle choice to the detriment of the sporting choice

“And on the rare occasions that I’ve made that choice, I’ve got it wrong. It was the same thing when I left Barcelona to go back to Chelsea.

“I gave priority to the social life in London when [Sir Alex] Ferguson expected me to sign for Manchester United.

“My wife didn’t want to go to Manchester. I’m really annoyed at myself – I should have insisted upon my decision.”

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