As of the 2016–17 season, there are thirteen football teams playing in professional leagues in London. The English capital is the most represented city in the Premier League, being home to 2 of the giants of English football in Chelsea and Arsenal and also some rapidly growing and improving clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. The city is also home to some of the finest stadiums in the country including the national team’s Wembley Stadium and with both Spurs and Chelsea on their path to move into new homes with much larger capacities, London will cement its position as also being the football capital of the country. 7 London clubs namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, QPR and Tottenham have graced the Premier League in the last 5 years. Here we take a look at how a mini-league between the 4 perennial London clubs on the basis of head to head matches in the last 3 years would look like.
Chelsea lead by some way at the top even after suffering a horrendous campaign last year mainly thanks to their amazing record against Arsenal and what potentially looks will be their 2nd title in 3 years. However, there appears to be a shift in power in North London as Spurs have taken more points than their bitter rivals Arsenal although they still haven’t managed to finish above Arsene Wenger’s side in the league. However, Spurs fans might finally believe that they have the chance to erase the nightmares of St. Totteringham’s Day this season. West Ham lack the resources that their other 3 derby rivals possess and their move to the Olympic stadium hasn’t worked out as the club would have expected yet and are unsurprisingly way behind in their points tally.
The London Derbies are one of the most breath-taking, feisty and hot-blooded encounters in the English top flight and the last few seasons haven’t been any different. Harry Kane loves to score in Derbies with 23 strikes in 29 matches. He inspired Spurs to a 5-3 win over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at White Hart Lane 2 seasons ago. But Chelsea took sweet revenge as a 2-2 draw last season saw Chelsea ending Spurs’ hopes for the title by handing it to Leicester City.
— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) April 9, 2017
There has been no shortage of controversial decisions in these fixtures as Arsene Wenger has felt the wrath of so many at times. Arsenal were subject to a case of mistaken identity sending off as referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea. Arsenal were again on the receiving end of controversy as Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off in a match last season after some Diego Costa antics.
Derbies are one of the most entertaining, controversial and most looked forward to fixtures in any league and rarely do they disappoint to match the expectations. With the elite status of Arsenal and Chelsea and the growing stature of Tottenham and West Ham, London can be pretty sure to witness a lot of competitive and hotly contested derbies in the coming years.