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Name Emmanuel Petit
Spelling Emmanuel Laurent Petit
Gender Male
Born 1970 09 22
Birthplace Dieppe
Nationality France
Ethnic French
Height 1,85 m
Job Arsenal FC Footballer
  French Footballer
  French Midfielder
Desc A converted defensive midfielder who formed a crucial partnership with Patrick Vieira. Only spent three years in north London but helped Arsenal to win the double in 1997/98


Org French National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Barcelona FC
  Arsenal FC
  As Monaco
  As Monaco U19


Wife Agathe de la Fontaine


Agathe de la Fontaine She is french actress. She and Emmanuel Petit in 2000
1990 08 15
Emmanuel Petit had his debut for French National Team
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

1999 05 10 Retrieve

[Arsenal mid-fielder Emmanuel Petit sounding like a right eejit] I feel like my personality has become more substantial and, from my misfortune, I have taken away positive things. I have done my own psychoanalysis - like the Tibetans I have learned to understand myself, even if you never fully can

2005 01 21
Former France midfielder Emmanuel Petit announce his retirement from football after failing to recover from knee surgery. The 34-year-old, who scored in France’s 1998 Word Cup final triumph over Brazil played over 190 games in England for Arsenal and Chelsea and stood out with a flowing blonde ponytail

2005 01 21 Retrieve

I was spared by injuries for most of my career but unfortunately I have had to undergo three operations within a year. I have had contact with French clubs like Olympique Lyon and Girondins Bordeaux but I didn’t feel like going there. What I wanted was to play again in the Premier League, which is the place I belonged to. … Overall I’m very proud of my career. My only regret is having to end my career because of an injury, like Marco van Basten or Glenn Hoddle

2008 06 12 Retrieve

On my days off I discovered the parallel world of Parisian nights – private soirees, swapping clubs. They often went on in incredibly luxurious apartments whose owners I didn’t even know – but everyone recognised me

[At the Sopwell House hotel in St Albans, Herts, close to Arsenal’s training ground, Petit found time to indulge in a spot of relaxation in the games room there] This pretty girl came regularly. We had a relationship one day in the snooker room. The next morning, the director and his staff welcomed me with applause. He said the room had cameras but reassured me that, as an Arsenal fan, he wouldn’t make the slightest use of it

[Of his time being courted by the high rollers from affluent Arab families a trips to their yachts] They had only top models on board and cocaine everywhere. I didn’t take any. The wealthy owners had a great time humiliating the young women in the worst of ways

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Emmanuel Petit on Paul Scholes] At Arsenal, me and Patrick Vieira didn’t want to face Scholes. We would avoid him

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Both physically and tactically a giant of the game

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] A genius and a pleasure to play with because he would always find space in which to receive the ball

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Lilians Thuram] He wasn’t the best player running with the ball, but for me he was certainly the best defender; you couldn’t pass him, it was impossible, he was a wall. Even if you came with two players and tried to pass him it was impossible, because he was very intelligent in reading the game. He was very powerful, very quick, and very very tough. [. . .] We could see that on the pitch, every time the opponent went into his area, they were a little frightened to be close to him because he was so tough

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] I think John Terry was, and still is, Chelsea blood, coming from the Academy. It is quite remarkable, the career he has had as captain, everything he has achieved. [. . .] We mustn’t forget what he has done over the last 12 years; he is a great player, a great leader, always competitive, very hard to play against

2019 05 24 Retrieve

[Sylvinho is not just about brawn; when put up in front of the press he has spoken well about tactical questions, no doubt catching the eye of Juninho, who was ultimately responsible for his appointment. Former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Petit says this acumen has long been evident in the South American] He was someone with intuitive intelligence who knew how to respond to tactical problems on the field. He had a mentality that was incredible, always getting up when it was hardest, always having the right word. He’s broken the tradition of the Lyon, and that’s not going to please everyone at the heart of the club, but OK…He was a guy who would always question the importance of each drill at training. He had Guardiola and Arsene Wenger as coaches. He’s been brought up in the schools that practise the play that Lyon want

2019 10 23 Retrieve

Can you imagine Patrick Vieira on the pitch on Monday night? He would have been shouting at his team-mates, asking them: ‘What the fck are you doing?’ I don’t see that with Granit Xhaka. I do with Matteo Guendouzi – he’s one of the few who shows he wants to win every game. He’s got a lion’s heart. Guendouzi is relied upon a lot by Unai Emery, and that’s because he’s showing anger on the pitch. He hates to lose games, you can see that he’s ready to fight for every single ball. He plays to his strengths and he does that well. That’s more than you can say for some of the other midfielders. Can anyone tell me what is Xhaka’s best quality? I don’t know why he has been made captain. The leadership is absent

Unai Emery said last week that Mesut Ozil was ready to play. Yet he didn’t even make the bench. That left Arsenal FC without any quality to bring on. The players Emery picked to start in Sheffield – honestly, come on! Were there really no other options? What about Dani Ceballos? He’s one of the few Arsenal players who can create something with his passing. I don’t want to focus on Granit Xhaka all the time but, well, show me something else!

Regarding Ozil, I don’t think the club are being completely honest. Ozil seems to be ready to play, he has been training for weeks – if he’s not fit now, when is he going to be fit? There’s a problem somewhere. Maybe it’s a mental issue or maybe Emery simply doesn’t like him or doesn’t trust him

I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery. As a manager he has a bad record away from home - not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain. Arsenal showed no character and it p
sses me off because it has been the case so many times away from home. The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange. It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures

But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane - you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team. They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set pieces. That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea.

But more importantly they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch. They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity. They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal - you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got. But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left

Unai Emery wants to build from the back. Like against Watford, when they were leading 2-0 before making a stupid mistake because they tried to follow Emery’s instructions. Some of those Arsenal defenders don’t have the technical quality to do that. Or if they do, they don’t have the character to do it. Teams like City can do that because their players aren’t scared. But most of those Arsenal players, when they feel someone at their back, whoa, it’s a problem

2019 10 24 Retrieve

To be fair to Unai Emery, it’s a good thing that he’s picking a lot of young players, including players grown at the club. Gabriel Martinelli has caught my eye, as has Joe Willock. And, of course, Kieran Tierney - I can’t wait to actually see him playing, it’s time - Arsenal need something else in defence.

I’m happy to see these players getting a chance. Some of them have quality, though they need to improve. For that, they need help from older players, who don’t seem to be showing the way to these youngsters. These experienced heads must show the responsibility and personality needed to succeed as an example for their younger team-mates

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal and France star Emmanuel Petit believes Fernandes is doing what Paul Pogba should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch] Fernandes has made a huge impact. In the space of two months, he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years

He’s changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It’s hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that. Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United. It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch. But I’m looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I’m pretty sure it can work

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe has faced accusations of too much ‘Neymar-izing’ at Paris Saint-Germain] Despite everything, he tends to annoy me more and more… he forces things too much… he tries to force it and makes the wrong decision. He is annoying even to his own team-mates. We forget that he is young. He has already proven great things, but we always ask for more. What he does is incredible, he has a bright future ahead of him. But putting pressure on himself because he wants to win a Ballon d’Or is annoying. He has to be careful with his behaviour. Too much ‘Neymar-izing’ could turn against him.

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Emmanuel Petit says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should quit average Arsenal this summer] If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal. There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things. But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more. It’s becoming an average club. I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation. But I don’t feel sorry for the players - I think 75% of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride

Arsenal look like an average team with no spirit, with no anger or pride. I saw them against Brighton at the end of the game, trying to fight Neal Maupay, but that made me laugh. Before Covid-19 came, I thought things were different but I was surprised after the Premier League resumed to find that we’re back in the old days. Nothing changed. It’s all a question of mentality and desire. I haven’t seen any of that at Arsenal since football came back. They could have played for a century against Man City without getting a shot on goal. I wish Mikel Arteta good luck because I think he’s a quality manager but just like Unai Emery and Wenger, what is he supposed to do with these players?

2020 06 24b Retrieve

[Emmanuel Petit says David Luiz should thank God after being given a contract extension at Arsenal] David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years. But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market. I’ve been particularly upset in relation to the defenders. We all know one of Arsenal’s major weaknesses is their defence and nothing has changed. This makes me miss Arsene Wenger. If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up. Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he’s not the same player any more. This guy has lost something. To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it

Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things? For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market - and have brought in some decent players - but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is. It’s far worse now than in the last years under Wenger. What is the point of being one of the richest clubs on the planet with no reason or vision behind it?

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Why Arsenal and Arteta ignored the mistakes to extend Luiz’s contract] David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years. But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market. If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up. Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he’s not the same player any more. This guy has lost something. To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it