Where is Emmanuel Petit now?
After an illustrious Premier League career with Arsenal and Chelsea, Emmanuel Petit retired in 2005 after he was told he required a knee operation that would mean he would never regain full fitness.
During his career Petit won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco as well as two Premier League titles with Arsenal, and the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA European Championships with France.
A huge fan’s favourite at Arsenal, they used to sing the now famous chant, ‘He’s French, he’s quick, his name’s a porno flick……Emmanuel.’
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In his 2008 autobiography ‘A Fleur de Peau‘, Petit revealed that he went ‘off the rails’ after winning the 1998 World Cup and had numerous ‘encounters’ with the opposite sex in both France and England
However, he eventually settled down and married the French actress Agathe de La Fontaine in 2000 but divorced two years later.
In a 2014 interview he caused controversy within his native country 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, amongst others.
He now works as a match analyst across many global stations but 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.
His style and demeanour was a hit with the UK viewing public and he went onto become one of the station’s match analysts for their Euro 2016 coverage.
He has since appeared on BT Sport’s coverage of Premier League football and the UEFA Champions League.
Follow 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