When this pony-tailed midfielder left north London for La Liga, he angered a great many of the fans who had idolised him, but now it appears that he realises the move was a bad one!
Thierry Henry might be thinking it, but Emmanuel Petit has come out and said it – baling out of Arsenal to join Barcelona iwas the biggest mistake he ever made. This will come as excellent news of the serves-you-right variety to all those Gunners’ fans who remember the eagerness with which Petit scarpered in 2000, although it may bring a degree of gallic bafflement to the face of Patrick Vieira, whom Petit openly encouraged to join him in Spain at the time by testifying as to Barcelona’s all-round wonderfulness.
Alas, according to Petit’s new book, the Catalans treated him like just another chump, even though they weren’t apparently as clever with the cash as they traditionally like to think they are. “I was making 150,000 euros a month. So I asked Gaspart (Barcelona vice-president) for twice that. He wavered but agreed eventually.”
The freshly enriched Petit then trotted off to join the squad in Holland, where they had already begun their pre-season rituals. His joy at doubling his salary didn’t last long. “I turned up for a friendly, and when I went in to meet my team mates most of them ignored me.” (The Spoiler)
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Do Arsenal fans wonder what might have been? Or did they cash in on Petit at the right time? Are there other players who have similarly chased the cash, only to realise the mistakes they had made? Probably, but it’s hard to feel sorry for individuals who are obscenely well-paid but decide to scamper for that extra wad of dosh!