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Arsenal Set To Snare ‘New Vieira’ From Man Utd

Many of us saw Manchester United’s highly acclaimed starlet Paul Pogba play against the reserves in September and assist Mame Biram Diouf’s equaliser in a game which ended 2-1 to the Gunners, but since then Arsenal fans won’t have seen much of the 18 year-old midfield general aside from the second half against Leeds in the Cup.

However, the Metro are reporting that we are in the driving seat to signing the highly touted French Under-19 international when his contract with United expires at the end of the season; a situation which Sir Alex Ferguson is aware of:

“If we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave in a couple of years’ time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he’s got great ability.”

Pogba, of Guinean descent, sprays passes from deep in midfield but has a powerful change of pace to match his dominant physique, making him just as potent going forward as in defense – a factor which has seen him captain France for every youth level up to Under-19.

Regarded by some as the next Patrick Vieira, Pogba has two goals and three assists from the United reserves in five games this term but hasn’t progressed to more than one first team cameo since joining in a controversial move from Le Havre in October 2009. The president of his former club accused United of offering Pogba’s parents €100,000 and a house – however, they dropped thier claims after Torcy, Pogba’s boyhood club, accused Le Havre (interestingly Lassana Diarra’s former club) of doing the same to them.

It’s fair to say he’ll have a better chance of getting first team action at the Emirates, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this one develops.



  1. RedDevil

    October 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Are you having a laugh? You got more chance of the cleaner lady in Arsenals trophy room passing out from exhaustion! Fergie rates this kid highly and it’s not gunna happen. They’re ironing out a contract as we speak…A none story

  2. José

    October 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Just desperate to get people to read your column, so stick in the words Manu, Arsenal, Viera and hope to get readers, this is a desperate attempt by someone to get noticed, pity the fool. Funny though to think of a young player just breaking into the united first team leaving on a free to go to arsenal. when he has just seen players like Hernandez, Cleverly and Welbeck getting contracts in the region of 100k per week, so its not cash he’d move for as arsenal don’t pay decent wages, maybe its the success,? yea not that either, What a poor attempt to fabricate a story, players don’t leave bigger clubs to go to arsenal, its the other way around.

    • =)

      October 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      “players don’t leave bigger clubs to go to arsenal, its the other way around.”

      im an arsenal fan, and what you said there is sad but true.

  3. Dan

    October 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I don’t know.. Clearly there are a lot of utd fans upset with the prospect of losing a young star to arsenal. They say this kind of thing doesn’t happen and they can point to the likes of smalling who joined the mancs when arsenal were close to signing him (however utd simply outbid arsenal and that’s what happens when you can afford to buy the league like city and Chelsea too). Ramsey though is a better example. Arsenal did not outbid utd – he chose the gunners because of sporting reasons, knowing he would get more game time at the emirates. Utd have now changed their focus to young players like arsenal – gone are the days of buying the likes of 29 yrs old berbatov. So it remains to be seen if fergie can convince the boy that manu are more about development these days. Given the afforementioned history, particularly regarding Ramsey, it would be no surprise whatsoever to see pogba playing at the emirates soon. Utd have the cash but not necessarily the bravery nor the eye for talent to build a team on untested youngsters

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