Arsenal Crushes Tottenham in Worldwide Popularity Rankings
As we all know, the North London Rivalry is one of the most heated feuds in the history of English Football. Being in such close proximity to one other, us fans have been divided from day one. But the passion and dedication of our supporters stands out like no other.
Last year, Mikel Arteta described Arsenal as being the ‘biggest club in England’. Our huge fan base and great successes over the years really has supported that. But the uncertainty of recent times and the results from last weekend’s match have left some fans feeling disheartened.
That’s why we decided to investigate how popular Arsenal is worldwide compared to other Premier League clubs. Focussing specifically on where the club stands in comparison to its historic rival Tottenham Hotspurs.
We thought it was important to base our investigation on sheer interest as opposed to merch or sales tickets, TV viewings or a club’s social media following. This allowed us to capture a much greater proportion of each team’s fan base worldwide, as almost every fan has access to the internet.
To see exactly how we calculated each team’s popularity scores, the full methodology can be found here.
The research found that Arsenal supporters are much more widespread than you’d think. Footy.com spokesperson Ben Hyde says:
“Arsenal finished at an impressive second place when just looking at interest in the UK, and also clinched the top spots in places like Japan, Ethiopia and Argentina.
The Gunners also proved extremely popular in Belarus, Sweden, Turkey, Armenia and of course Chile after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.”
As you can see from the graphic above, Arsenal’s popularity has blown Tottenham’s supporters out of the water, with a score of more than double that of Spurs.
It’ll be interesting to see in the future how these popularity scores are influenced by factors such as new signings, the winning of major trophies and more.