5 players who ruined their career by leaving Arsenal
Earlier this week, Arsene Wenger issued a statement saying that he decided to step down from managerial duties at the end of the season.
He has been at the helm at Arsenal for 22 years, and during that period, Arsenal won 3 Premier League titles, 7 FA cups and reached the final of the Champions League once.
Wenger is famous for his knack to bring in young players and make them exceptional footballers over time. However, after consistently failing to win the League title, there has been an increasing trend among Arsenal players to leave Emirates in search of silverware.
As a result, the Gunners have lost many outstanding players and are still struggling to fill the void left by them.
Out of the many who left Arsenal, to chase money or dreams, a few couldn't attain both. They ended up sacrificing their career in the shrine of ambition.
Here are five Arsenal players who left Arsenal and are probably regretting the decision as it ended up shattering their career.
#5 Emmanuel Petit
The World Cup-winning Frenchman joined Arsenal from Monaco in 1997. Wenger was a huge fan of Petit and they had worked together during the former's successful spell at Monaco.
Petit enjoyed a successful career at Arsenal, where he was paired with his international teammate Patrick Vieira, in the center of midfield. He appeared in 85 games for Arsenal over the course of three years and scored 9 goals in the process.
He moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2000 in search of greater challenges. A string of injuries and poor performances haunted the French international and he was often played out of position.
Following his difficult spell with the Catalans, he came back to the Premier League but this time as a Chelsea player. After spending three unsuccessful seasons with the Blues, he finally retired in 2005.