Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham: Who Are the Real 'Kings of London'?

Aila StumpoCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal is closed down by Sandro (L) and Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on February 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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There is upwards of ten clubs located in metropolitan London, five of them participating in the top flight this season. Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, Fulham, and QPR are all located in the English capital and they are all rivalling to see who is the best in the city.

After the 5-2 blasting of the Spurs at the hands of Arsenal, many declared the Gunners as the "Kings of London." But how does one determine who runs the city?

I don't disagree with this. By terms of history, Arsenal are by far the "Kings of London." No team in the  capital has achieved as many domestic titles or overall trophies as the North Londoners. 

But what about right now? Who, with their current form, hold the prestigious title of "Kings" of the city with the highest density of football clubs in England? Today, they lost against a fellow London team. So how do we know?

Firstly, here is a table, in the style of the EPL table, which only compares London clubs facing off in Premier League games:


Games PlayedPointsGoal Difference
Fulham          5  11      +8
Tottenham Hotspur          6  11      +2
Arsenal          7  10      +3
Queen's Park Rangers          6   6       -8
Chelsea          5   2       -3

It is evident that this is not the best way to determine who is number one in London, as it is plain to see that no one has played the same teams the same number of times, making the table uneven. 

Another method is comparing the performance of these five clubs while playing in London, either during home games against all EPL clubs or away games against each other. Those results are displayed in this table:

Arsenal19 41+23
Tottenham Hotspur19 38+16
Fulham19 33+9
Chelsea17 31+11
Queen's Park Rangers19 17-15

This table appears to be more fair, despite the disadvantage handed to Chelsea. While the other table named Fulham the "Kings," this table gives that title to Arsenal. But there is yet another factor to look at. The EPL table as it is.

Arsenal are currently the highest, in 3rd place with 58 points, Tottenham right behind them at 55. Chelsea is fifth with 53 points and Fulham is 11th, bringing in 39 points. QPR have been thrown into the relegation battle, with a mere 28 points.

The Gunners come out on top in two out of three of these comparisons and so it appears that yes, London is still red. Being ahead in the Premier League standings and In-London standings, the fairest of the rankings, has put Arsenal above their rivals.

It now seems fair to bestow the title of "Kings of London" upon them through analytically looking at the clubs in their area. This is a name given by fans and proved by stats.