Arsenal are the most followed British football club

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Arsenal fans may have had little to celebrate in recent weeks, but they can take heart from the fact that they are officially the most followed British football club.

The London Evening Standard have conducted research on a variety of different sport-related topics on social media, and found that the Gunners are the most popular football club - in terms of Twitter followers - on the internet.

A whopping 4.9 million people follow the Gunners - which is 200,000 more than the club second on the list, Chelsea, and a massive one million more than third-placed Manchester United.

In fourth spot are Liverpool, who boast 3.6 million followers, while the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are fifth on the list with a modest 2.16 million followers.

Arsenal: Most mentioned club

The research also found that Arsenal were officially the most mentioned London club on Twitter, with a staggering 10.7 million mentions.

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This, we presume, is due to a variety of reasons - including Arsenal’s league form, their run in the Champions League, winning the FA Cup, transfer speculation and rumours concerning the future of their under-fire manager, Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea were second on the list with 9.7 million mentions, while Tottenham trail behind in third spot with a mere 1.5 million mentions.

Alexis Sanchez: Most mentioned London-based player

And in further positive news for the Gunners, it’s been revealed that no London-based football has received more mentions on Twitter than the club’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez, who was the subject of 9.5 million tweets.

In second place is the much-maligned Mesut Ozil with nine million mentions, while former Chelsea star David Luiz received seven million, one presumes because of his disastrous performance in the World Cup semi-finals against Germany.

Most tweeted about moment: Brazil 1-7 Germany

Incidentally, Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of the Seleção was the most tweeted about moment in 2014, while there were a total of 672 million tweets about the showpiece international tournament in Brazil.

Suarez, Ronaldo and Rooney

The research also discovered that Luis Suarez as the most mentioned Premier League player in 2014 - perhaps unsurprisingly given his transfer away from Liverpool, not to mention his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed athlete in the world with a mind-blowing 31.6 million followers, while Wayne Rooney is the UK’s most followed sports person with a total of 10.2 million fans.

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