Bengt Arne Pettersson was born on May 8, 1938 in Göteborg and made his IFK Göteborg debut in the 1956/57 season, which was also the debut season of team mate Ralf Nyberg. Pettersson was part of IFK Göteborg's youth program before making his debute with the first team, and is as a result of that regarded by the club as a home-grown player. At 21 years, 5 months and 17 days, on October 25, 1959, he took part his first competetive game against Sparta Rotterdam in a Europacupen game that ended 1–3. He spent thre seasons with the IFK Göteborgs first team, and during his career he played in 6 first team games and scored 3 goals. Pettersson passed away in 2001, 63 years old.