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Rio Ferdinand insists he'd like to see Arsenal win the Premier League
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Rio Ferdinand insists he'd like to see Arsenal win the Premier League

Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that people think he hates Arsenal, but actually he would rather see the Gunners win the Premier League than almost any other side in the traditional big six.

Before the campaign, much of the debate surrounding Mikel Arteta’s men centred around whether they would be able to bounce back from missing out on the top-four last season.

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Now however, the question is whether Arsenal can now actually go on and win the title.

Rio Ferdinand comments on Arsenal title hopes

The Gunners go into the World Cup top of the table and five points clear of Manchester City. And they are top of the form table, having won five of their last six in the top-flight.

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For many, City remain favourites. Pep Guardiola’s men obviously have a lot more experience getting across the line. And they are no strangers to the pressure of the title race.

But Arsenal are absolutely in the conversation. They keep clearing the hurdles put in front of them. And they appear to be building confidence with each performance.

It was put to Ferdinand that he may be annoyed to see them still flying. However, he insisted that he would happily see the Gunners come out on top if Manchester United cannot.

He will have also delighted Arsenal fans with a late dig at Tottenham.

“I’m not bothered [about Arsenal winning]. People look at me sometimes and go: ‘Rio, you hate Arsenal’. I don’t hate Arsenal,” he told his YouTube channel.

“If there was any other team out of the big teams I wouldn’t mind winning the league, it’s Arsenal. I don’t want Liverpool to win it, I don’t want City to win it. I don’t want Chelsea to win it. Spurs can’t win it.”

Arsenal have helped themselves ahead of the second-half of the season. They are out of the Carabao Cup – in what may be a blessing in disguise. And they will return to European action one round later than some after winning their Europa League group.

They still have plenty of tough tests ahead. Remarkably, they are still only 14 games into the Premier League campaign.

January is going to be fascinating. Arsenal clearly have a huge opportunity. And adding a couple of exciting signings could hand the squad a massive boost.

Should they do that and remain top of the pile when January ends, many more will start believing.

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