Should Arsenal break their wage budget to land Man United star? (Opinion)

Paul Pogba is believed to be considering a move to a Premier League rival when he leaves Manchester United, but should Arsenal consider such a deal?

The World Cup winner hasn’t found the level of consistency you would expect considering the then-world record fee that was paid to sign him from Juventus back in 2016, and he has come in for scrutiny on a number of occasions.

His work rate and work ethic has been questioned numerous times, with many fuming at his inconsistency, but with him being utilised in a number of different roles in numerous different formations, the way his current club has used him should also be in question.

With just months remaining on his current contract, he is now claimed to be eyeing the exit door, and the latest report claims that he is willing to quit Old Trafford whilst staying in the Premier League.

It is unclear whether he has an actual club in mind, or is simply sounding out his potential options, but having previously claimed to have been a boyhood Arsenal fan, Football.London has hinted at the Emirates as his potential destination.

The issue with his potential arrival in north London will no doubt be his wage demands, while it would also be intriguing to see which other clubs would wade in with their own offers.

I don’t doubt his ability, and actually believe he would flourish in our current setup under Mikel Arteta, but I also don’t think it would be guaranteed that the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City would be looking to take a risk by signing him, in case they ended up struggling to make it work like in Manchester.

The reports claiming that he is open to a move to a PL rival tells me that Mino Raiola hasn’t received the attention he would have liked with his potential availability this summer known publicly, and he appears to be trying to drum up interest, or potentially give his team power to negotiate better terms with his current club over a new deal.

While I don’t believe we would meet his wage demands, nor would we be top of his wishlist at present, I’m in two minds as to whether we should even consider it, knowing that the 28 year-old would likely be in want of in excess of £300,000, having trimmed our budget in recent windows, but at the same time, if we wasn’t reinvesting the savings on improving the squad then what is the point?

Do you think Pogba would be a good signing for Arsenal? Would you begrudge us paying him £300,000 or more to join, taking into account that we would be saving by not paying a transfer fee?

Patrick

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40 Comments

  1. Well, we eventually managed to get Ozil off the books.

    We have just managed to get Auba off the books.

    Surely the Brain’s Trust can’t go down that road again with Pogba?

    Could they possibly think third time might be a charm……..

  2. Of course we should sign the sometimes-outstanding yet unpredictable midfielder. And who cares if we have to pay $300 pw on a four-year contract. If it doesn’t work out after six months, we could just apply our trusted deadwood processing routine and pay for him to rejoin Juventus, for free.

  3. As a Utd fan I shouldn’t be saying this – but don’t touch him with a barge pole. This article hit the nail on the head – none of the big teams are interested in him and we will probably be stuck with him. I wouldn’t give him 10k per week. Plus his agent is toxic.

    1. Nah brother, don’t feel bad saying that.

      I think every sane person can see Pogba is absolutely toxic, along with his agent. He lost his love for football a long time ago..

    2. I don’t know if you are still tracking this post Alan P, I’m a bit late to the party but I was wondering what your thoughts are about top 4 this season

      Will your guys click and ignite up front as their individual names suggest they could and can your defence improve under your new(ish) temporary Manager do you think?

      Genuinely interested in your views

      1. Hi Fingers
        Sorry I just spotted this. I think it’s between Utd and Arsenal for 4th but there’s also an outside chance of Chelsea being drawn into it. From Utd’s point of view we have big problems in midfield and defence. McFred are not natural DM’s but are being asked to do a job. Our only DM is Matic but he can’t last 90 mins. Defensively Maguire is vulnerable if he doesn’t get loads of protection that England give him. Also Maguire is so slow it’s difficult to play a high line which is needed to play a high pressing game that Rangnick prefers. So essentially we rely on individual moments in games to get results and it doesn’t matter who the manager is with that squad of mainly average players. 4th place up for grabs 😳

  4. Wegner, could deal with an impulsive hot head like Pogba, but Arteta just isn’t man enough to motivate him and it would only be a train wreck. A shame though because a motivated Pogba is just the right player to get our stagnant mid field moving.

    1. These kinds of so called massive personalities did whatever they wanted under grandparent Wenger. He would let them misbehave and get away with poor attitude like most grandparents do with their grandchildren.
      Even our own ex players say that there was a culture of poor discipline, attitude, mentality that Wenger helped to facilitate.

      1. “Even our own ex players say that there was a culture of poor discipline, attitude, mentality that Wenger helped to facilitate.”

        Please try and find ONE example of an “ex-player” saying anything like that!!

        1. @Pat
          Type into google:
          Petr Cech criticises Wenger.
          Fabregas criticises wenger.
          Henry criticises wenger.
          Tony Adams criticises wenger.
          Cazorla criticises wenger.
          Wright criticises wenger.
          Henry criticises wenger.
          Dixon criticises wenger.
          Gallas takes a dig at Wenger.
          Ray parlour criticises wenger.
          Clichy and Sagna take swipe at Wenger.
          Alan smith criticises wenger.
          Paul Merson criticises wenger.
          Etc..

          Just search for their quotes / criticism and tell me what they all have in common. What are they insinuating by always using terms like Mentality, attitude, discipline etc” in their statements.

          1. Wenger’s approach seemed to be to massage egos and build players up. It worked great with players like Henry and Vieira and fabregas and many others who genuinely had a massive desire to win games and titles and didn’t need to be motivated or pushed externally, but over time we started bringing in players who lacked that mentality themselves, and he just allowed it because he believed that their talent was enough.

      2. Think Wegner got the best out of Van Persie, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud and co. The likes of Mustafi, Captain Kos, Ramsey etc were just accidents waiting to happen. It’s what happens when a club decides to dumb down, scale down their aspirations. Kudos to Wegner for keeping a sinking ship afloat, but he could only do so much and should have quit after the FA Cup masterclass against Chelsea.

        1. I don’t think he got the best of giroud as he kept performing after leaving arsenal.. Giroud was a great team player and sets up other players perfectly with his hold up play and one touch passes.. I believe our only problem with him was his finishing… He was missing soooo many sitters like it was Christmas!

  5. Pogba would be a great signing for Arsenal. Flashes of brilliance, huge ego, goes missing for months on end, frustrates everyone and is capable of turning the dressing room upside down.

    Perfect replacement for Aubameyang

    1. Lu T…you have to admit that Pablo Pogba’s hairstylist would be a lot better than Auba’s. At least, he would add a bit of color to our dull and boring style of artetaball.

  6. of course it’s such an unlikely get that I don’t even think it justifies a response, but if for some inexplicable reason his people contacted ours I would graciously decline…although I do so with some hesitancy considering the skills on offer with this one-time highly coveted player, this isn’t like all those players that we “could” have had under Wenger, as he’s not a young, up-and-coming superstar…fact remains he’s had a myriad of issues, both on and off the field, so I just don’t see the positives outweighing the potential negatives at this juncture in his career

  7. Progba is a great player and to get him on a free would be something special but he has question marks over his temperment,no one at Man City has,no one at Liverpool has and Artetas building a similar squad at AFC so im hoping we get Bissouma from Brighton,Ben White has proved to be a great buy even though he was expensive and Bissouma will cost similar but he’s a great player……

    1. I also wanted Bissouma but after much consideration, I think we need more of a scoring midfielder with good defensive records , one like James ward-We could add cucurella as his ball handling is great,

  8. Nope
    not anyone whose agent is Mino Raiola
    that fat guy gonna cause a lot of drama in the club where his client in

  9. Sign Pogba? Who initiated that thought?

    If I wake up any day and see him in Arsenal jersey, I will throw such tantrum the world is yet to see; football will literally come to a halt.

  10. If he is coming on a free transfer I would welcome him. Its not a question of wages to be paid, its a question of what he would bring to the team. He is a World Cup winner, a quality player without question and a match winner. He would surely add impetus and excellence to the team with his presence and would be a motivation and inspiration to the youngsters. His abilities as a attacking midfielder, dead ball specialist and his sheer quality on the ball would make him an unquestionable asset. His talents would help Arsenal come out top in difficult situations and he has the ability to create moments of sheer magic to win games.

  11. Not a bad idea to pay someone 300+k wage so he could play a few games when Granit is suspended for geting a red card.

  12. If he is coming on a free transfer I would welcome him. Its not a question of wages to be paid, its a question of what he would bring to the team. He is a World Cup winner, a quality player without question and a match winner. He would surely add impetus and excellence to the team with his presence and would be a motivation and inspiration to the youngsters. His abilities as a attacking midfielder, dead ball specialist and his sheer quality on the ball would make him an unquestionable asset. His talents would help Arsenal come out top in difficult situations and he has the ability to create moments of sheer magic to win games.As far as his attitude and temperament go, it is upto Arteta to figure it out and mend him which I am sure he will. A well behaved Pogba would be a grand asset to Arsenal and if Arteta instills into him discipline and focus, we could have one of the best midfielders in the world doing the business for us.

  13. To me we need an upgrade in how team pogba is a team player with xaka and some other midfielders leaving since is a free agent no arm in try let’s just get him and pay him that figure and upgrade our team I thank its ideal

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