Jamie O’Hara has made the outlandish claim that Arsenal are the greatest team in London over Chelsea.
O’Hara delivered his verdict on talkSPORTone that will certainly not adapt well to a large part of the South West of the capital.
Chelsea win over Arsenal
Of course, our view on the matter will be slightly biased.
However, ask any of the clubs outside the postcode who they consider the largest entity inside the city, and surely only one name comes to mind.
Chelsea have crushed all of their near neighbors over the past 20 years, achieving unbridled and unrivaled achievements.
Roman Abramovich’s reign included five Premier League titles, two Champions League, eight domestic cups, two European trophies and the Club World Cup.
In that span, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have won just six pieces of silverware between them, five of which have been recovered by the Gunners.
A new era at Stamford Bridge is about to begin, with Abramovich soon to be replaced by the consortium led by Todd Boehly.
Will the American be able to provide the same joys as his predecessor?
He may not be so optimistic after watching Thomas Tuchel’s men squander a two-goal lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
It was a result that reminded fans of the days before Abramovich’s money, when Chelsea were below Arsenal in stature.
O’Hara gives his opinion on Chelsea
“I remember what Chelsea was like in the 90s, a struggling mid-table club,” said former Blues Tony Cascarino.
“I remember sitting next to a chairman who said ‘one day this club could be the biggest club in London’.
“Now that has been debatable for a long time. But if you talk about success and what they’ve done over the past two decades, Chelsea have grown tremendously.
“Are they the biggest club in London? It is the richest club in London. Arsenal are the biggest club in London,” replied O’Hara, an Arsenal academy product who joined Spurs in 2003.
“You say Arsenal are the biggest club in London now?” Cascarino asked.
“Overall they are.
“I wouldn’t agree with that. So do you think Arsenal would go for more than £4.25bn?
“Yeah. What you’re worth, does that make you the biggest club?
“No, but it shows the growth of Chelsea and the infrastructure of the club that someone has spent so much money.”
Boehly recently agreed to pay £4.25 billion (Independent) for Chelsea ownership, making it the most expensive sports franchise of all time.
If that doesn’t add another tick in the column on Arsenal, we don’t know what will.