Arsenal scooped 151st place on the FanSided 250.
The FanSided 250 list of top fandoms across sport, entertainment, gaming, celebrities and movies has, despite the competition, always seen Arsenal well represented. Even amid full scale panic at the dire situation the club currently find themselves in, the Gunners sit in a comfortable 151st place in the rankings.
Taking into consideration a variety of factors, including followers and web searches, a ranked list of fandoms is created. Due to that algorithm, there can be some noteworthy inclusions based on memorable years – hence why treble winners Bayern Munich occupy a healthy 11th spot.
Arsenal, however, are always there or thereabouts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the face of football, seeing fans not allowed to support their teams from the stadiums and the financial implications that followed bringing with it unprecedented uncertainty.
Yet the north London giants stand strong. Results on the pitch, including multiple alterations off it, have been far from ideal, but there are three big reasons why Mikel Arteta‘s side are still worthy of a place on the ranking.
Arsenal Are the Biggest Club in London
Are we the best team in London right now? Certainly not. Are we the best run team in London? Not presently. Are we the biggest team in London? You’re damn right.
Those unaware of what stature is in football – y’know, those who wear blue or white kits and also call London home – will say otherwise, but it’s pure folly to suggest that Arsenal are not the biggest club in the capital.
Steeped in history, legendary players, blessed with trophies galore and having been a force in English football for longer than just this century, Arsenal can also rightly claim to be the third biggest club in England. Liverpool and Manchester United won’t relinquish those spots.
When you’re this special, you’ll always be remembered.
A Global Fanbase
When Arsenal make their pre-season plans abroad – not now obviously – they have the privilege of being able to spin a globe and point. No matter where they end up, there will be Gooners in their droves.
In the past Arsenal have been to the United States, Thailand, Singapore, China, Australia and so many more. The global pull of this club is immeasurable and the adoring supporters backing them all the way from every corner of the world make Arsenal a unique club.
Kick-off time may be midday in the UK, but whether that means it’s midnight or 4AM somewhere else, it doesn’t stop the fans waking up or pulling an all-nighter to watch their beloved Arsenal.
Back in England, the fanbase lives up to its reputation. Up and down the country, without fail, Arsenal always sell their away ticket allocation with thousands of dedicated followers. From minute one to minute 90, they sing their hearts out, whether it’s a Wednesday or a Sunday evening. Special club. Special fans.
History & Success
Since being founded in 1886, only two sides in England have accrued more silverware than Arsenal have – Liverpool and United.
A total of 48 trophies have gone by the way of the Gunners, including 13 league titles, two European trophies and 17 domestic Cups. Those Cup wins have Arsenal on par with the Red Devils overall, although in the FA Cup no side comes close.
Two Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals sent Arsenal on their way to a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the 139th final held at Wembley back in August. Victory extended the Gunners’ record in the competition to 14 titles, two more than closest competitors, United.
Furthermore, former boss Arsene Wenger, one of the great minds of the game, is the most successful manager in FA Cup history, guiding the club to six titles.