BERND LENO has joined in on the constant battle for footballing supremacy in London by claiming Arsenal is ‘THE club’ in the city.
Leno, 27, joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a £22.5million deal as the long-term replacement for the now-retired Petr Cech.
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Leno told German outlet Sport Bild: “You can’t compare, 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.”
Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season, behind both Chelsea and Tottenham, and were denied Europa League triumph by the Blues in the final in Baku.
It means they will play Europa League football again while their two London rivals will play in the Champions League group stages.
But Leno has been impressed by Arsenal’s global reach since joining the club a year ago.
Leno added: “No matter where we are, also in the USA or in Asia, there are many fans of Arsenal everywhere.”
UEFA might have reinforced that feeling of superiority with the latest release of their coefficient rankings.
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The Gunners sit ninth ahead of the Blues down in 14th despite Chelsea winning two Europa Leagues in six years and a Champions League in 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo was manager.
Arsenal are also above Manchester United in 10th and North London neighbours Tottenham who sit 12th.
One Arsenal fan said: “I’m an Arsenal fan, I have no idea what were are doing in the top 10, it makes no sense.”
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