Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists the Gunners are ‘the’ club of London due to its worldwide fan base unlike rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.
All three teams have looked to increase their presence on the global stage in recent years, as they compete in European competitions and in pre-season tours abroad.
However, Leno feels that Arsenal’s fans base surpasses those of their London rivals.
In a recent interview with German publication SportBild the 27-year-old was asked to compare Arsenal and Leverkusen, he said: “You can’t compare that, of course Arsenal is a world club, ‘the’ club here in London.
“Not Chelsea, not Tottenham – Arsenal is the club here with fans around the world.
“No matter where we are, also in the USA or in Asia, there are many fans of Arsenal everywhere.”
All three clubs haven’t had the best start to the season, although after four games Arsenal sit above their neighbours in the Premier League table.
The Gunners are currently fifth on seven points, while Tottenham and Chelsea both have five points and are ninth and 11th respectively.
However, when it comes to recent European success both of the Gunners rivals would likely claim to have the upper hand.
Arsenal have missed out on qualifying for the Champions League for a third straight year and were beaten in the final of the Europa League by Chelsea last season.
While both the Blues and Tottenham are in the Champions League this campaign, Spurs also reached the final of the competition last season, which is a feat the Gunners last managed back in the 2005/06 season when they lost 2-1 to Barcelona.
However, Arsenal do still have some bragging rights over their London rivals when it comes to the recent Uefa club rankings.
The Gunners are ninth in the rankings ahead of Tottenham who are 12th and Chelsea who are in 14th.
Uefa’s club coefficients are based on the results of clubs competing in the last five seasons of the Champions League and Europa League.
All three sides are back in action this weekend, after the international break, as they look to move up into a top-four spot in the Premier League.
Tottenham host Crystal Palace in what could be a tricky tie, given that the Eagles have only conceded two goals in their opening four games.
While Chelsea travel to Molineux to take on a Wolves side who have only lost one game so far in this campaign.
As for Arsenal, they take on a bottom of the league Watford, who have yet to win a game and have only scored two goals while conceding eight in their opening four matches.