If you have the slightest interest in football you’ll probably be aware of the recent misfortunes of Arsenal FC.

4 points from 5 games, a goal difference of –8, a defence forged from clowns and a current position on the cusp of the relegation zone. The list goes on but it’s safe to say things couldn’t be going much worse for the North London club.


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But Arsenal fans may take a slither of hope in the fact that they are at least  winning something – the social media league.

A report released today by Braveheart Sports Network has revealed that Arsenal, as well as Manchester United are topping the table when it comes to the most popular clubs on social media, in terms of Twitter followers and Facebook fans.

Arsenal’s official Twitter account has an impressive 890,500 followers, almost double that of it’s closest competitor, Liverpool, which has 452,600 followers.

Here’s how the other Premier League clubs line up:

Arsenal @Arsenal – 890,548

Aston Villa @AVFCofficial – 24,128

Blackburn @RoversOneRovers – 7,562

Bolton @WanderersofficialBWFC – 8,600

Chelsea @FCChelseaFC – 360,770

Everton @FCYourEverton – 22,875

Fulham @FCFulhamFC – 21,278

Liverpool @FCLFC – 452,633

Manchester @CityMCFC – 100,849

Manchester United – NA

Newcastle @UnitedNUFCofficial – 27,255

Norwich City @NorwichCityFC – 15,507

Queens Park @RangersofficialQPR – 11,241

Stoke City @officialSCFC – 12,486

Sunderland @SAFCofficial – 21,536

Swansea City – NA

Tottenham @HotspurSpursOfficial – 86,045

West Bromwich AlbionWBAFCofficial – 2,829

Wigan @Athleticlaticsofficial – 5,572

Wolverhampton @WanderersOfficialWolves – 15,175

There’s an obvious absentee from that list – Manchester United, who are one of only two Premiership clubs not to have a Twitter account, which is surprising considering the scale of the club and the massive number of “supporters” around the world.

However, it seems that the Manchester uber-brand is putting efforts in to another social channel – Facebook, and it seems to be working. The club is approaching 19 million fans which is more than double than that of Arsenal or Chelsea – it’s two closest competitors on the site.

Liverpool are fourth in the Facebook fan race, confirming the pattern of big club = big following. Typically, the four clubs have been top four finishers in the Premier League over the past 10 years.

Here’s a list of all Premier League clubs along with number of Facebook fans:

Arsenal  – 7,468,412

Aston Villa237,929

Blackburn Rovers – 21,685

Bolton Wanderers – 8,046

Chelsea FC – 7,105,805

Everton FC – 176,960

Fulham FC – 46,194

Liverpool FC – 6,987,037

Manchester City – 990,646

Manchester United – 18,898,397

Newcastle United – 187,104

Norwich City – 9,588

Queens Park Rangers – 21,483

Stoke City – 33,788

Sunderland – 28,614

Swansea City – 19,699

Tottenham Hotspur – 786,226

West Bromwich Albion – 9,958

Wigan Athletic – 4,143

Wolverhampton Wanderers – 22,617

So no real surprises there in terms of the clubs with the biggest social media following, but like all things social, number of followers only tells part of the story. Yes, Arsenal may be top of the Twitter league when it comes to followers, but we’re guessing that a bit of recent sentiment analysis would soon see Arsenal way down in the relegation zone.

There may well be a different story for Manchester City too. The super-rich club may have a modest following but with so many big-money transfer moves, dream team like status and general press attention, they’re sure to be up there in the ‘social buzz’ rankings.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and your feelings towards the social media efforts your club is (or isn’t) making.

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