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Sir Jim Ratcliffe explains why he would rather Arsenal win the league over Man City and Liverpool

With his team out of contention, Sir Jim Ratcliffe would prefer Arsenal over Liverpool or Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title this season.

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In an unexpected turn of events, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Manchester United, has voiced a surprising endorsement for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal in their quest for the Premier League title.

Despite his impending involvement in steering Manchester United towards title contention under Erik ten Hag, Ratcliffe acknowledges that the team isn’t currently at that level.

Reflecting on United’s recent performances, Ratcliffe noted that since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club hasn’t been genuine contenders for the league title, despite finishing second on several occasions.

In a candid conversation on the ‘Geraint Thomas Cycling Club’ podcast, Ratcliffe admitted his aversion to all clubs involved in this season’s title race, including Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

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Initially hesitant to pick a preferred winner, Ratcliffe eventually disclosed his desire to see Mikel Arteta guide Arsenal to the title. He commended Arsenal for their steadfast support of Arteta during challenging periods, highlighting the manager’s struggle to deliver immediate results.

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Speaking on the podcast, Ratcliffe praised Arteta’s overall performance at Arsenal, acknowledging the patience shown by the club’s management during his tenure.

He expressed, “I hate them all, well you’ve got Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, haven’t you?… Well, I don’t know, they’re all the enemy, I couldn’t possibly choose one. It would be good for Arteta actually, I think it would be good for him, because he’s done really well there and Arsenal have been patient with him which is nice as well.”

Ratcliffe’s endorsement of Arteta’s leadership and Arsenal’s patience with him is notable, especially as Manchester United contemplate Erik ten Hag’s future.

While Arteta has faced scrutiny during his tenure at Arsenal, there has been a consistent understanding that the recovery from the Unai Emery era would take time.

Arsenal’s persistence appears to be paying dividends, with the club still in contention for significant honors this season.

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