Former Arsenal midfield hero Emmanuel Petit has opened up on his footballing career during his book launch.
While speaking to the media during the book lunch, the former French international reflected on how his footballing decisions had affected his career.
The midfielder who joined Arsenal from Monaco in the summer of 1997 – after snubbing interests from north London rivals Tottenham, left the Gunners for Spanish giants Barcelona in 2000 after making 118 appearances for the club scoring 11 goals.
The Frenchman has however, revealed his regrets at snubbing a return move to England after his disappointing first season at the Nou Camp.
Petit said: “Each time I took a personal decision instead of a professional one, it was an error. That had already happed when I moved from Arsenal to Barcelona.
“Manchester United had noticed the state I was in during my first few months at Barcelona. I’d really appreciated Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach. If I’d made a decision based on my career, I would have gone to Manchester United.”
He added: “But once again, I privileged a private choice over a sporting choice. I regret it.”
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