Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has revealed how close he came to signing for Tottenham.

Petit wrote in the Daily Mail: "Before I signed for Arsenal, I had been in discussions with Spurs. I held a meeting at Tottenham, but I decided not to tell them my answer because I knew I was seeing Arsenal afterwards.

"At the time, I did not know the rivalry between Spurs and the Gunners, and I realised afterwards that I had got in a taxi which had been paid for by Spurs to sign for Arsenal.

"It is like Marseille paying for a cab for a player then to sign for Paris Saint Germain, but it wasn't my intention to hurt anybody.

"The fact that Arsene wanted me was a key factor in picking Arsenal over Tottenham. I did not feel the motivation at Spurs at the time."

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