Paul Pogba revealed he was an Arsenal fan as a child growing up before he moved to Manchester United and he hasn’t just said it once.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: A detailed view of the hair style of Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford on January 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: A detailed view of the hair style of Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford on January 27, 2021(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“At the start, I was an Arsenal fan – obviously because of all the French players,” Pogba told the Manchester United podcast in 2020.

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

As I’ve been told all my life, you can trust a person who changes jobs or even partners, but you can never, ever trust a person who changes their footballing allegiances.

That wasn’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 repeated 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.

Also back in 2017, Pogba was spotted wearing customised Arsenal shoes but insisted it didn’t mean anything while in 2016 his brother spoke of Paul’s love of Arsenal.

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