Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been a revelation this season and is said to be deciding his future after the World Cup, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
Due to his performances with Juve and in leading France's U20 side to glory at the U20 World Cup last summer, he received the Golden Boy award which is given to the best U21 player in Europe. Pogba has enjoyed a great season, scoring eight goals so far along with forming one of the best midfield partnerships around alongside Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo.
At Turin he has gained the nickname Polpo Paul ("Paul the Octopus") for his long legs that look like tentacles during tackling or running. Pogba has similar qualities to the former Arsenal legend Vieira who he has been likened to several times. Vieira believes Pogba can go on to be a better player than he ever was.
“Compared to me, Pogba is more attacking, whereas I was more defensively-minded,” Vieira said.
“He pushes forward more and therefore scores more goals. He is also better on a technical level and is certainly more talented than I was."
Arsenal have been crying out for a powerful midfielder such as Pogba since Vieira departed in 2005 and it is no coincidence that Arsenal have been trophy-less since then. Recently the Gunners have been beaten badly by rivals and in my opinion it's due to the fact they have no powerful players or leaders in their midfield.
Vieira, who led Arsenal to several trophies during his time with the club, also predicted earlier in the season that the north Londoners would not win the league because of the lack of leadership in the team. He told The Daily Mirror: "When you look at Arsenal, they play fantastic football.
"But sometimes you need to win games playing badly and I don't think Arsenal are capable of that at the moment."
With regards to Pogba he has all the strengths and qualities to be the next Vieira for Arsenal and even go on to be better. Arsenal were linked with a summer move for him last year but his club refused to sell. However with the 21-year-old stalling on his new deal they may have no choice but to sell him this summer.
The Golden Boy winner has also said he dreamed of playing at Arsenal as a boy and with Arsenal reportedly giving Wenger £100million to spend this summer they will be able to afford to finally bring him to his childhood club, although they will have competition from Real Madrid who are also interested in signing the French international.
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