posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 04:57 PM
French World Cup winning midfield player Emmanuel Petit has announced his retirement today, bringing to an end a glittering career that included
stints at Monaco, Barcelona and Arsenal. The pony-tailed 34-year-old, who also helped his France teammates lift the Euro 2000 trophy, made his
announcement in an interview with L'Equipe sports newspaper.
Other highlights of his career included winning the domestic double with English Premiership titans Arsenal in 1998, the same year he scored the third
goal in France's 3-0 victory over Brazil in the World Cup final in Paris. He began his international career at the age of 19 and retired from the
international game in 2003 having won 63 caps. Petit finished his playing career with Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea, who released him at the end of
last season as age caught up with him and Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich bankrolled a seemingly unending supply of fresh international
Last month he was back training with Arsenal but talk of a short-term contract came to nothing.