Where is Emmanuel Petit now?
After an illustrious Premier League career with Arsenal and Chelsea, Emmanuel Petit retired in 2005 after he found out he required a knee operation and would probably never regain full fitness.
During his time at Arsenal, fans used to sing the now famous chant, ‘He’s French, he’s quick, his name’s a porno flick……Emmanuel.’
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Petit is married to the French actress Agathe de La Fontaine, and has worked in television himself.
Emmanuel Petit caused controversy in a 2014 interview by saying France would have been better off if Germany had overrun it in the second world war.
He was referring to his country’s “smug, untruthful and hypocritical” attitude towards former team mate Thierry Henry when he announced his retirement. He later apologised for his outburst.
Since 2011, Petit has been an ambassador of the Homeless World Cup and was part of the Homeless World Cup in France helping and coaching the French team.
Petit is also a major shareholder in digital sports media company Netco Sports which develops sports apps for Canal + and the Australian Open, among others.
Although a regular match analyst across many global stations it wasn’t until March 2015 that he made his first appearance as a pundit on British television on ITV’s Champion’s League coverage.
In 2016, Emmanuel Petit was signed by ITV as one of their match analysts for their Euro 2016 coverage.
Follow Emmanuel Petit on Twitter @Manu_Petit98
Emmanuel Petit #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Emmanuel Petit was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in November 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Fabien Barthez – he was the first to play as a modern goalkeeper where he would come out of his box and play with the central defenders. He was very good with the ball at his feet.
RB – Lillian Thuram – he wasn’t the best defender with the ball but for me he was the best defender. You couldn’t get past him even with two players. It was impossible.
CB – John Terry – a hard decision between Tony Adams and Terry but I have chosen him because he is the blood of Chelsea and has had a remarkable career.
CB – Marcel Desailly – a defender who defended properly like Terry and Thuram. These players are like walls and you have to be 100% if you play against them.
LB – Manuel Amoros – a guy from Michel Platini’s generation who was amazing and one of the first left backs to play offensive football.
CM – Xavi – one of the new generation of holding midfielders who knew how to control the game just by controlling the ball.
CM – Rivaldo – a special player who was a game-changer. He had a free role on the pitch and we used to leave him to it.
CM – Zinedine Zidane – one of the greatest. I played with him for 10 years and sometimes looked at him and thought he wasn’t playing the same football as I was playing.
ST – Dennis Bergkamp – technically what can I say about Dennis? If you want to win a game you have to control the ball and with Dennis and the others in this team the opponents wouldn’t see the ball
ST – George Weah – people used to focus on what Brazillian Ronaldo used to do but Weah was doing it before him. Football for him was a game you played on the street.
ST – Thierry Henry – what can you say about Henry? The guy has even got a statue of him outside the Emirates!
Emmanuel Petit: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, Chelsea|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com