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Who are the “biggest” Premier League team?



“Biggest”. What does that even mean? Chances are at some point you will have heard Dave down the pub boldly claim that his beloved Spurs are bigger than arch rivals Arsenal, or something of that ilk. Lisa, an ardent Liverpool fan, claims that Raheem Sterling has downsized by joining Manchester City. What are Dave and Lisa basing this on, apart from pure bias and pride? Perhaps the elusive term can actually be defined by breaking it down into different categories. I shall attempt this in the next few hundred words, and create a definitive Premier League table of the “biggest” clubs.

The two categories are fan base and history, each divided into two further sub categories – stadium size and twitter followers; domestic trophies and European trophies. Domestic trophies are the FA Cup, League cup and First Division/Premier League, with European trophies being the Champions League and predecessors and Europa League and predecessors (including the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup). These seem the most appropriate to being a “big” club (sorry West Ham fans, your influence in 1966 is acknowledged, but not counted) as fan base and silverware are clear indicators of success and size.

In each sub category the 20 2015/16 Premier League teams will be ranked. Using a Formula One style points system on each sub category league table the points from all four points tables will be added and make an overall, conclusive “biggest” league table. The Formula One points systems works as follows – 1st position = 25 points, 2nd = 18, 3rd = 15, 4th = 12, 5th = 10, 6th = 8, 7th = 6, 8th = 4, 9th = 2, 10th = 1.

Fan Base                     

 Stadium size:

Stadium: Capacity: Club: Position: Points:
Old Trafford 75,731 Manchester United 1st 25
Emirates Stadium 60,432 Arsenal 2nd 18
Etihad Stadium 55,000 Manchester City 3rd 15
St. James’ Park 52,405 Newcastle United 4th 12
Stadium of Light 49,000 Sunderland 5th 10
Anfield 45,552 Liverpool 6th 8
Villa Park 42,788 Aston Villa 7th 6
Stamford Bridge 41,798 Chelsea 8th 4
Goodison Park 40,221 Everton 9th 2
White Hart Lane 36,284 Tottenham Hotspur 10th 1

Old Trafford is the biggest stadium in the Premier League, but does this make Manchester United the biggest club?

Twitter followers:

Number of followers: Club: Position: Points:
6.13 million Arsenal 1st 25
5.91 million Chelsea 2nd 18
5.72 million Manchester United 3rd 15
4.63 million Liverpool 4th 12
2.59 million Manchester City 5th 10
1.16 million Tottenham Hotspur 6th 8
596,000 Newcastle United 7th 6
595,000 Everton 8th 4
476,000 Aston Villa 9th 2
469,000 West Ham United 10th 1



Domestic trophies:

Number of Domestic trophies: Club: Position: Points:
35 Manchester United 1st 25
33 Liverpool 2nd 18
27 Arsenal 3rd 15
19 Aston Villa 4th 12
17 Chelsea 5th 10
14 Everton 6th 8
14 Tottenham Hotspur 6th 8
12 Manchester City 7th 6
10 Newcastle United 8th 4
8 Sunderland 9th 2
7 West Bromwich Albion 10th 1


European trophies:

Number of European trophies: Club: Position: Points:
11 Liverpool 1st 25
5 Manchester United 2nd 18
5 Chelsea 2nd 18
3 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd 15
2 Aston Villa 4th 12
1 Arsenal 5th 10
1 Everton 5th 10
1 Manchester City 5th 10
1 West Ham United 5th 10


Liverpool have won more European trophies than any other English team. But how should that rank when debating the “biggest” club?


Club: Position: Overall Points:
Manchester United 1st 80
Arsenal 2nd 68
Liverpool 3rd 63
Chelsea 4th 50
Manchester City 5th 41
Aston Villa 6th 32
Tottenham Hotspur 6th 32
Everton 7th 24
Newcastle United 8th 22
Sunderland 9th 12
West Ham United 10th 11
West Bromwich Albion 11th 1

So Dave is wrong, Lisa is right and Manchester United are the biggest team in the Premier League. Is this ground breaking news? Not particularly, but the table does make the football fan appreciate the gentle giants of Aston Villa and Everton, often over looked when perhaps they shouldn’t be. The same applies to the North East sides of Sunderland and Newcastle United, “big” clubs within their own right. The top 12 “biggest” teams are also split fairly evenly geographically. Manchester and Liverpool of the North West have four clubs, the North East and Midlands two each, with the other four London based. Excluding London, the South contains no “big” teams, and there are many factors contributing to this including the prevalence of Rugby Union and population demographics.

This experiment only studied the 20 current Premier League sides, so before fans of Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and the like start whinging, I will do the same for the Championship on this site, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Jack Wilshere’s injury shows why Arsenal shouldn’t renew his contract

The 26-year-old has been struck down by yet another injury.

Jake Jackman



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Jack Wilshere will be pleased with the progress that he has made since returning to Arsenal from his loan spell at Bournemouth.

He was initially nothing more than a squad player that was out in the cold at international level too, but the midfielder worked hard to gain more game-time in North London.

Across all competitions, he has played more than 30 matches and his form earned him a call-up to the England squad.

It looked like he was getting a once-promising career back on track, but almost like clockwork, he has suffered an injury to set him back once again.

Gareth Southgate confirmed that he wouldn’t be travelling to the Netherlands for Friday’s match and the quotes were reported by Sky Sports.

“It is not a specific injury and over time they flare up and they need to settle down over a couple of days.

“We are hopeful it will settle down pretty quickly. It’s an ongoing problem and it’s not something new for him. He’s very disappointed not to be involved in the game.

“He’s trained well though but if you think about the journey he’s had in the last two years and his big injuries then he’s progressing really well.”

Although it is encouraging that it isn’t a serious injury, it is a reminder that Jack Wilshere remains a risk for both club and country.

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It is difficult to build a team around a player that is susceptible to miss matches and the quote from Southgate is a worry as he refers to an ongoing problem.

Arsenal have had a difficult campaign and they will be planning a rebuild over the next 48 months as they transition away from the Arsene Wenger era.

They will have to make tough decisions on many players at the club and Wilshere’s future will be brought into focus over the next few weeks as his contract expires at the end of the season.

There have been numerous reports regarding contract talks between the two parties and there is hesitancy on both sides.

This latest injury suffered by Wilshere and the comments from Southgate referring to an ongoing problem show why it is Arsenal who need to end this association.

Wilshere can’t be relied on to stay fit and to feature prominently in a busy schedule. Arsenal will have ambitions of challenging at the very top of the game and will likely be involved in European competition every season. They need to have a squad of players that are reliable and the 26-year-old isn’t that.

Aside from that, Wilshere represents what Arsenal have become over the last decade. He is a player that had a lot of potential, but he has failed to fulfil it and been very inconsistent at the highest level. Of course, he isn’t to blame for the club’s problems, but he is also unlikely to offer the solutions.

This season has been a nice farewell campaign for him. It would have been sad if his Gunners’ career had ended after being shipped out on loan to Bournemouth.

He has returned to earn some of his credibility back, but the club need to move on and progress if they are to get back to the top of the English game.

A lot of contentious decisions will need to be made and the first should be the release of Jack Wilshere this summer.

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Why Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw has crossed the line

The Portuguese manager has been highly critical of Luke Shaw this season.

Rob Meech



Luke Shaw
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The fractious relationship between Jose Mourinho and Luke Shaw plumbed new depths when the left-back was substituted at half-time in Manchester United’s FA Cup victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. The 22-year-old had been handed a rare opportunity to impress at Old Trafford but lasted only 45 minutes.

Speaking about Shaw in his post-match interview, Mourinho said: “Luke, in the first half, every time they came in his corridor, the cross came in and a dangerous situation was coming. I was not happy with his performance.”

The differences between the pair now appear to be irreconcilable. Shaw, who was signed by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014, has been used sparingly by Mourinho. The former Southampton starlet has made just 18 Premier League appearances under the Portuguese in a career that has been blighted by injuries.

Being substituted at half-time is almost as embarrassing as it gets for a player and Shaw’s mood will not have improved after being publicly criticised by his manager. It’s certainly not the first time Mourinho has chosen to talk candidly to the media about his concerns with the 22-year-old.

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Some players require an arm around the shoulder to perform at their peak, while for others it takes a kick up the backside. Mourinho, opting for the latter, does nothing without reason and has clearly tried to spark a reaction from Shaw, without success.

From being one of English football’s brightest prospects after making his World Cup debut aged just 18, Shaw, who has seven England caps to his name, is in danger of not fulfilling the potential that convinced United to spend what was then a world-record fee for a teenager.

Mourinho’s tactic of singling out individuals who have not met his standards is in stark contrast to Sir Alex Ferguson, who never blamed his players in public. It has divided opinion among pundits, with Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier claiming the United manager is ‘destroying’ Shaw.

Mourinho is an expert at using smokescreens to distract from his side’s unconvincing performances. And this latest controversy has moved the narrative on from United’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla.

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Tough love is one thing, but the sustained, public attack on Shaw is unacceptable. If Mourinho genuinely believes he is not good enough to represent United, then fair enough. But to continually vilify the youngster’s performances is a step too far and one that could irreparably damage Shaw’s confidence.

This is not to say that Shaw is a completely innocent bystander. Mourinho’s predecessor, Louis van Gaal, also questioned his desire and general conditioning when he joined United four years ago. Indeed, the Dutchman signed Shaw up to a tailored exercise regime in an effort to improve his fitness.

But while van Gaal’s treatment had the desired effect, Mourinho’s has done the opposite. Being publicly humiliated on a routine basis does neither party any favours.

In all likelihood, Shaw’s disappointing United career will come to an end this summer. A fresh start away from the toxicity under Mourinho is exactly what he needs.

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Keanan Bennetts has perfect opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino this week

The left-sided star has a chance to impress in first-team training during the international break.



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With the international week in full flow, plenty of teams in the Premier League have seen their squads diminished by call-ups to national teams.

Tottenham Hotspur are one such side. Nonetheless, with most of the first-team squad away with their respective nations, work continues at Hotspur Way.

In order for Spurs to have a full complement in training, plenty of young talent needs to be pulled in to the ranks.

Mauricio Pochettino will, therefore,e get a chance to see some of his young players training with regular first-team players such as Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.

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One player who will be training with the first-team this week is talented wide-man Keanan Bennetts, according to London Live.

The 19-year-old left-winger has been catching the eye for the club’s youth team in recent weeks, making the news after scoring a fantastic goal for the under-19s against Monaco in the UEFA Youth League last month.

Bennetts has also been attracting interest for his positional dexterity. The wide-man has played at left-back in recent times and it could be that is his future best position.

This week he will be up against some excellent players such as Lamela and Moura, who did not receive selection to the Argentina and Brazil national teams, respectively.

If he can prove himself with this calibre of player, Pochettino will have to take notice.

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It is coming to a point in his Tottenham career when Bennetts has to make such an impact. The teenager is out of contract at Spurs in the summer and needs to ensure he is kept on for at least one more season.

Tottenham fans who follow the youth teams are certain he is deserving of such a chance. If he can show Pochettino what he is capable of this week, then a new deal will surely be in the pipeline for the talented wide-man.

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