Arsenal may not have won the Premier League since 2004, but football fans still believe they’re the biggest club in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Arsenal fans celebrate during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Arsenal fans celebrate during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In a recent survey conducted by Betway, more than 3,500 supporters were asked to decide what they think makes a big club.

Ten different criteria were used including total silverware, match-going support, stadium size and recent Premier League seasons.

Every club that has ever played in the Premier League was included in the survey and then ranked across the different categories.

The teams were ranked in a sliding scale from 20 points down to one, with the score then multiplied by a second figure based on the importance given by fans to each category.

The Gunners finished third in the table, behind Manchester United and Liverpool but ahead of all of their London rivals.

Chelsea were ranked fourth, with reigning champions Manchester City in fifth. Tottenham Hotspur were rated the smallest club of the so-called ‘Big Six’ down in sixth place.

Arsenal’s recent successes in the FA Cup counted in their favour, as did the huge crowds currently attending matches at the Emirates Stadium.

Repeated appearances in European competitions and their total number of seasons in the Premier League also helped Arsenal accrue significant points.

Of the other London clubs, West Ham United claimed eighth place while Crystal Palace finished in 17th position.

Brighton & Hove Albion were a surprise inclusion in 20th, with nearly all of their points coming from the match-going support category.

Middlesbrough finished well adrift of the top 20 despite having spent 15 seasons in the Premier League, the most of any team that didn’t make it into the final table.

While Arsenal fans will undoubtedly be happy to see the club ahead of their London rivals in the list, they will be hoping that their big club status transfers itself into success on the field over the coming years.