Arsene Wenger says Emmanuel Petit had "all the ingredients” you need to thrive in English football.
The former France international spent three seasons at Arsenal, and was a key member of the side that won the double in 1997/98.
Petit celebrated his 45th birthday this week, and Wenger was full of praise for his compatriot.
"He had a good left foot, was very intelligent tactically and played good long balls with his left foot"
“He was a vital signing and I have a big respect for Emmanuel Petit,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “He was not only a talented player but a real team player.
“He was ready to die for the team on the pitch and he had a really good, strong balance between individual talent and team attitude. He had all the ingredients [required] to adapt to English football and our team.
“He had a good left foot, was very intelligent tactically and played good long balls with his left foot, so he could use Marc Overmars very well.
“I think he is one of the players I’ve managed, [who was] not always the easiest one, but a very strong player and very underrated.”
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