Wilshere gives his verdict on Pogba, recalls Manchester United man from youth days
By Amir Mir
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has hailed Manchester United’s club-record signing Paul Pogba and insisted the Premier League is a better place following his arrival.
Pogba completed a long-awaited summer move to Jose Mourinho’s United on Tuesday morning for a world-record fee of £89million.
Wilshere, who is hoping to be in contention for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday after a minor knee injury, is a year older than the 23-year-old Frenchman.
But the two midfielders played against one another as they came through the ranks at Arsenal and United respectively and Wilshere is an admirer of the France international.
“I know him quite well,” Wilshere told Sky Sports. “I played against him a few times in the youth team at Man United and you could always tell back then he had something special.”
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The Le Havre academy graduate made a move to Juventus from United in 2012 for a fee of just £250,000 where he won four Serie A titles, including a defeat in the finals of the 2014-15 Champions League final to Spanish giants Barcelona.
“It was a bit of a surprise when he left but he has obviously made a great name and career for himself. He is a special talent and the Premier League is a better place now he is in it.” said Wilshere to Sky Sports.
Arsenal will now gear up for a clash against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday, as Pogba will be hoping to make his United return against Bournemouth on the same day as the new Premier League season edges closer.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Inter Milan’s new manager Frank de Boer has insisted his star striker will not leave the club.