Paul Pogba confirmed again this week that he was an Arsenal fan along with one of his brothers as a child, though the other supported Manchester United.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts after missing a chance on September 30, 2019. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Speaking to the Manchester United podcast this week, Paul Pogba admitted he was an Arsenal fan as a child. Arsene Wenger’s side were his first love, largely thanks to the French contingent at the club.

“I will be honest,” Pogba began (via Sky Sports). “So, 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 Henry and, because of him, I was an Arsenal fan.”

This isn’t the first time Pogba has opened up on his earlier affections for Arsenal. Back in 2017, he told BBC Sport that he was a ‘little fan’ of the club as a child. At the time, it wasn’t completely clear if he meant a supporter or just someone who liked their style.

The fact he is now repeating again that he was an “Arsenal fan” suggests he was actually a supporter for a while. It would be interesting to learn whether his brother still supports the Gunners today.

Pogba plays for Manchester United now, of course. I don’t think anyone would suggest he’d throw games to help Arsenal this far on from when he supported them. It’s just more evidence of the impact Wenger’s side had, particularly on young French footballers.

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