Who is Arsenal target Paul Pogba?
Manchester United fans will already beware of this young France international.
When only 18-years-old Paul Pogba turned his back on Sir Alex Ferguson and United when he refused to sign a new deal with the club.
He instead opted to move to Serie A Champions Juventus and has never looked back.
In his first season in Turin he became a first-team regular earning the plaudits and admiration of the majority of Serie A fans.
Arsenal this week have been linked with the 20-year-old as they look to finally strengthen their side.
However, Juventus are not going to let their starlet leave the club without a fight.
This week the Juventus general manager Bepper Marotta, as reported by ESPN, stated:
“They can forget Pogba, We don’t have even the slightest intention of listening to offers which could arrive for our midfielder.”
So who is the player that Juventus are so desperate to keep?
Read on below to find out who is Arsenal target Paul Pogba?
Paul Labile Pogba was born on the 15th of March 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne France.
Pogba began his footballing career aged six playing for youth side US Roissy-en-Brie. After seven seasons with the team he moved to US Torcy where he was made captain of the Under-13 team.
After a season with the side he joined professional club Le Havre, and in his second season there was made Under-16 captain, during his spell with the club Pogba firmly established himself as a France Under-16 international.
His domestic youth performances led to interest form many major European sides, including Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool.
It was Manchester United, however, that Pogba chose to sign for and on the 31st of July 2009 it was announced that he would leave the youth set up at Le Havre and join the Red Devils Youth Academy.
However, the move was anything but smooth with Le Havre accusing United of unlawful courting of their player and went to FIFA to investigate the transfer.
United countered and threatened to sue the club over their allegations, and on the 7th of October were cleared of all wrongdoings by FIFA who concluded that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre.
Pogba completed his move to United on the 6th of October and made his debut for the Under-18 squad on the 10th.
On the 19th of February 2011, Pogba was one of four Academy players that earned a promotion to the first team by Sir Alex Ferguson; he was assigned shirt number 42.
However, he didn’t make any senior appearances for the side in the 2010-2011 season.
Pogba made his first senior appearance for the club in a League Cup match against Leeds United, coming on as a half time substitute in a game that ended 3-0.
The young Frenchman made his Premier League appearance on the 31st of January 2012 against Stoke City; he would also feature in the club’s Europa League campaign that season, coming on as a substitute against Atletico Bilbao.
Pogba made a total of seven senior-team appearances for Manchester United.
On the 3rd of July United confirmed that Pogba had left the club after not signing a new deal with the club.
Then, on the 3rd of August it was confirmed that he had signed for Serie A club Juventus when he signed a four-year-deal with the Turin club.
His first competitive game came against Chivo on the 22nd of September where he played the full 90 minutes.
A month later he would score his first goal for the Italian side in a 2-0 win over Napoli.
Pogba would go on to make a total of 37 appearances for Juventus during the 2012-2013 season, scoring five times.
The 20-year-old has thus far represented France at all levels of junior football and on the 22nd of March he made his debut for the senior side in a 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Georgia.
He earned his only other cap for France four days later in another qualifier, this time against Spain.
Style of Play
Paul Pogba’s natural position is as a defensive midfielder, although he is just as impressive playing in a more attacking midfielder role.
Pogba started the season with Juventus playing in his natural position, playing in the holding role in front of the back four.
However, as the season progressed Pogba was moved to the centre of midfield and became the heart of the Juve side that retained the Serie A title.
He has a tough no-nonsense approach to the game, but mixes this with an elegance and natural ability with his feet.
He is able to control the ball wonderfully and make passes to control the game from midfield, this combined with his physical presence – he is 6ft 2in – makes him a formidable opponent.
Furthermore, the Frenchman can pitch in with goals – his secret weapon a deadly long-range strike – scoring 5 for Juventus last season.
There is no doubt that should Arsene Wenger pull off the capture of Pogba it would be a success.
He resembles in stature, and ability, Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
He is one of the most exciting prospects currently playing in Europe and would have the ability to command the Arsenal midfield in a way similar to the Frenchman did for them during the Invinceables era.
However, would Arsene Wenger realistically be able to sign the 20-year-old?
He plays regularly for a side that was crowned Serie A Champions for the second season in a row and are strongly competing in the Champions League.
Arsenal, with a convincing 3-0 away win against Fenerbache, will make the Champions League this year barring an extraordinary comeback from the Turks, but Pogba is more likely to win silverware in Turin.
If the Gunners sign the 20-year-old it would help to assuage Wenger’s doubters over his transfer dealings, but it’s a big if.