If Arsenal fans were told now that their side were almost certain to win the Premier League , most would probably respond with disbelief.
The Gunners are in with a chance, of course, but they hardly look like favourites at the moment – the top flight has already given the support some harsh reality checks with losses to West Ham and Chelsea . Let’s forget the reality of the Premier League for a moment, though. Let’s look at an alternative Premier League table , from an alternative reality – one in which Arsenal look like a sure bet for the title. But why?
This table represents the finishing positions of all the clubs who remained in the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season – points have been awarded in a rather unusual fashion, however.
The clubs have still been awarded three points for a win, but “a win” in what sense? Well, this table is formulated by online victories – this is what the 2014/15 season would have looked like if points had been awarded for visitors to the clubs’ official websites on matchday.
Though Arsenal are tied with Liv
erpool on points, Arsenal fans visited their site nearly 900,000 times more than Merseysiders did theirs – they’re well ahead on visitor difference. All the evidence suggests that the Gunners will win the online league again this year – this will do nothing to dispel the idea that fans of the North London club spend most of their time on the internet.
Still, winning online polls and signing petitions about referees are clearly just part of their down time. Visiting the club site is a serious business – so serious, in fact, that they pip Man United , Man City and Chelsea to top spot by a mile.
There we are then. Hold out hope for the title, Gunners – just not the title you want, necessarily.