‘I should have gone to Manchester United’: Emmanuel Petit’s transfer regret

Emmanuel Petit
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Emmanuel Petit is an Arsenal legend, part of the first wave of Arsene Wenger's signings in 1997 that transformed the Gunners into Premier League champions and Manchester United's closest challengers. 

After three successful seasons at Highbury, where he became an integral member of Wenger's team in the centre of midfield alongside Patrick Vieira, Petit left for Barcelona in 2000. Sold for £7 million, Petit lasted just a single season in Spain before being linked with a move back to England. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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