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Arsenal Legend Reveals ‘Regret’ Over Not Joining Manchester United

9 Aug 1998: David Beckham of Manchester United being challanged by Emmanuel Petit of Arsenal during the FA Charity Shield match at Wembley Stadium in London. Arsenal won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Recent weeks have seen one of the more forgotten footballing rivalries back in the limelight – that being Arsenal and Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger’s announcement that he was leaving Arsenal coincided with a brilliant Channel 5 documentary chronicling the feud between the managers of both clubs, the aforementioned Wenger and Alex Ferguson.

A prominent figure in the documentary is a man who played a key role in the Frenchman’s challenge to Fergie’s dominance, Emmanuel Petit. As part of Wenger’s French revolution, Petit’s reverence of the great man is clear to see when interviewed for the show, with Wenger helping him through a family tragedy.

That, coupled with winning the double at Highbury, didn’t stop Petit from admitting that he regretted not playing for the Red Devils, however. In a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything‘ Q&A, he was asked if any club other than the ones he played for (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea) held any interest during his career.

3 May 1998: Emmanuel Petit of Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger celebrate winning the championship after the FA Carling Premiership match against Everton at Highbury in London. Arsenal won 4-0 to secure the title. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

“Yes, I could have played for Manchester United. I really regret not doing that now”, he wrote.

“I could’ve played with Giggs, Scholes etcetera. Some amazing players.”

In calling Paul Scholes the most difficult player he ever played against, he also revealed his soft spot for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.

“But I have a crush on Liverpool – especially right now. I love Klopp and would love to play under him. He is incredible.”

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