Paul Pogba reveals his six footballing icons as he explains Arsenal connection

Paul Pogba has revealed that he began life as an Arsenal fan, before seeing the light and eventually switching allegiance to Manchester United.

Pogba has admitted his early love for Arsenal, largely because of the dominance of his fellow countrymen in the side under Arsene Wenger in the 1990’s.

“I will be honest,” said Pogba, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. 

“At the start, I was an Arsenal fan – obviously because of all the French players, you know.

“Me and my brother were, but my other brother was a Manchester United fan.

“I couldn’t say anything so I used to love Thierry Henry and, because of him, I was an Arsenal fan. Then I changed and went on to choose with my other brother.

“No Arsenal, I went with the other one, the United fan!”

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Pogba has not completed 90 minutes for the Reds since the fixture against the Gunners at Old Trafford on September 30.

This season has been somewhat of a non-event for the Frenchman, who was finally close to returning from a long-term ankle injury before the coronavirus pandemic put an indefinite suspension on football.

It would be exciting to see Pogba in a midfield three alongside Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford next season.

But according to Manchester Evening News, the 27-year-old still wants to leave the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not stand in his way if he reiterates his desire to go.

Real Madrid and Juventus have been mentioned as potential suitors but the uncertainty of the transfer market means there is no guarantee that clubs will be willing to meet United’s asking price for the midfielder.

Pogba has also named his six footballing icons growing up, unsurprisingly including Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane.

“I had Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Djibril Cisse and Kaka,” he added.

Perhaps a move to Madrid and teaming up with Zidane would be the challenge Pogba needs to take the next step in his career.

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