Wenger: Pogba Almost Became A Gunner

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Paul Pogba almost made a controversial move from Manchester United to Arsenal, as per Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Pogba left the Old Trafford club back in 2012, after falling out with the then manager Sir Alex Ferguson due to limited first team opportunities. The Frenchman moved to Juventus, where he enjoyed enormous success, by winning four league titles in all the four seasons he spent in Turin.

However, the 23-year-old could easily have left United for arch-rivals Arsenal, as per Arsene Wenger.



“Things happened very quickly,” Wenger was quoted as saying back in 2014. “We were interested in him. We tried to get him to come here. But he very quickly signed for Juventus.”

Despite the France international’s move to Juventus, Wenger remained impressed with United’s youth academy graduate, and spoke highly of the midfielder even after his record-breaking return to the Theatre of Dreams.

“When you speak about Pogba, it ticks all these boxes,” Wenger said in August 2016, before going on to talk about his massive price tag, which reportedly kept the Gunners from pursuing his signature.


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“But we are in a system that we don’t master,” Arsene continued. “We have to follow the prices paid by other people. That has gone up because the availability of money is much higher. That’s why we may have crossed the £100m bar for the first time.”

Since his return to Manchester, Pogba has failed to completely convince his critics and justify his enormous price tag. However, the France international does seem to be finding his old form back, after having impressed in his previous performances for both club and country.

Pogba will now be hoping to silence his haters once and for all this Saturday, when Manchester United and Arsenal face-off in a crunch Premier League tie at Old Trafford.

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