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Arsenal & Manchester United top Premier League's latest social media tables

Manchester United have over 30million fans on Facebook. (©GettyImages)
Manchester United have over 30million fans on Facebook. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal might have gone almost eight years without wining a major trophy, but one table they sit proudly atop is the Premier League's latest social media standings having become the first club to breach two million followers on their official Twitter account.

Based on latest figures released by FC Business magazine, the Gunners enjoy an average monthly growth of six per cent, which has helped them to a total figure of 2,182,542 - over 300,000 more followers than the second placed team, Chelsea, who boast in excess of 1.8million online subscribers.

Liverpool are the third most popular team on Twitter, and the only other club to break the one million mark, having increased their following an average eight per cent per month, to take them over 1.5million.

Fourth placed Manchester City are some way behind with less than half the following of Liverpool, despite an average monthly increase of 11 per cent, giving them a combined total above 726,000.

Tottenham Hotspur rank fifth with a 14 per cent average monthly growth, taking them to just shy of 380,000 followers ahead of Newcastle United, Everton, West Ham, Aston Villa and Fulham, who complete the top ten.

The obvious omission from the list is Manchester United, who are still yet to set up an official account on Twitter - the only Premier League team without one - and so sit bottom of the rankings by default. 

Swansea City are also worth a notable mention with the biggest average monthly growth of any side in England's top-flight, having increased their following by 41 per cent, which sees them 14th in the table, with a total count of 88,929.

Of the three newly-promoted teams in 2012/13, Reading (17th) have the smallest number of followers with just over 65,000 subscribers, despite a 26 per cent average monthly growth, while Southampton (15th) sit two places above with more than 86,000, thanks to a 25 per cent average monthly increase.

Wigan Athletic and West Brom are the only two sides with a smaller follower counts than Reading, with the Latics falling just short of 64,000, while the Baggies have 59,766.

Premier League Twitter followers table:

1. Arsenal - 2,182,542 - 6%

2. Chelsea - 1,863,546 - 8%

3. Liverpool - 1,523,120 - 8%

4. Manchester City - 726,760 - 11%

5. Tottenham Hotspur - 378,599 - 14%

6. Newcastle United - 193,167 - 19%

7. Everton - 157,628 - 18%

8. West Ham - 144,078 - 20%

9. Aston Villa - 132,135 - 18%

10. Fulham - 107,171 - 18%

11. Sunderland - 104,218 - 12. QPR - 101,861 - 13. Norwich City - 90,928 - 14. Swansea - 88,929 - 15. Southampton - 86,179 - 16. Stoke City - 85,156 - 17. Reading - 65,183 - 18. Wigan Athletic - 63,967 - 19. West Brom - 59,776 - 20. Manchester United - 0.

While Manchester United's continued absence on Twitter is surprising, on Facebook the Premier League leaders really make their presence felt, sitting pretty at the top of the table with more than double the amount of 'Likes' on their official fan page than their nearest domestic rivals, Chelsea, who once again occupy second place.

The Red Devils have more than 30million online subscribers, with an average monthly growth of five per cent, while Chelsea's total - which is just shy of 16million - is thanks to a six per cent increase.

Arsenal occupy third place in the Facebook standings with 13.1million 'Likes', ahead of Liverpool, who are the only other side to break the 10million barrier, with their total of 11.5million handing them fourth spot. 

Manchester City complete the top five with 4.7million, while Tottenham (1.6m), Aston Villa (1m), Newcastle United (362k), Everton (304k), and West Ham (304k) make up the rest of the top ten.

Wigan Athletic are rock bottom of the Premier League standings when it comes to Facebook 'Likes' with a mere 28,963 subscribers to their official fan page, while Southampton (43k) and Reading (51k) make up the relegation places, if top-flight status was determined by a club's online following.

Premier League Facebook 'Likes' table:

1. Manchester United - 31,644,369 - 5%

2. Chelsea - 15,820,837 - 6%

3. Arsenal - 13,153,197 - 5%

4. Liverpool - 11,505,126 - 4%

5. Manchester City - 4,769,690 - 10%

6. Tottenham Hotspur - 1,638,918 - 5%

7. Aston Villa - 1,002,120 - 10%

8. Newcastle United - 362,357 - 4%

9. Everton - 304,064 - 3%

10. West Ham - 304,026 - 3%

11. Fulham - 210,660 - 12. QPR - 178,443 - 13. Swansea - 103,513 - 14. Sunderland - 69,832 - 15. Stoke City - 63,192 - 16. West Brom - 57,403 - 17. Norwich City - 54,496 - 18. Reading - 51,772 - 19. Southampton - 43,866 - 20. Wigan Athletic - 28,963.

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