Paul Pogba has admitted that he watched a lot of Arsenal when he was growing up.

In what should be a surprise to nobody, a young French player watched a lot of Arsenal when he was growing up.

Arsenal, as you might be aware, have had a very heavy French influence since Arsene Wenger took over.

Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry were just some of the French stars who used to play for the club.

Paul Pogba was one of the many French players who watched Arsenal a lot when he was young, and he admitted he used to be a fan.

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“In France, they were very big because there was like a lot of French players,” Pogba said.

“And I was like, I was quite a fan of Arsenal, you know. Thierry Henry, I was watching him.

“I was a little fan. Not a crazy fan, but I was looking, like I was watching a lot of Arsenal games.”

Pogba went on to join Manchester United from Le Havre as a teenager, before leaving for Juventus when he couldn’t set any playing time in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

He returned to United last summer after a very long and tedious transfer saga.

He’ll line-up against Arsenal in what will just be his second game against us.

Arsenal are a bit less French these days, but could feature Pogba’s international teammates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.

Chances are, the next generation of French players won’t have watched Arsenal as much, but maybe we’ll have an influence in Germany instead.

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