Chinese soccer fans have backed Arsenal  as their favorite club, as they turn up in large numbers to watch the London club on tour.
An online survey of Chinese fans reveals Arsenal has taken over Manchester United  as the most popular football club in China.
Arsenal edged David Moyes' side as the most popular club with Italian side AC Milan  third, and ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, The CNN reports.
Germany was chosen as the most popular national side in China ahead of Italy and Spain while the English Premier League was the overwhelming favorite national division among Chinese fans, receiving 50 percent of the votes ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A.
The survey was conducted by Coventry University's Center for the International Business of Sport (CIBS) in England between September and November last year, and drew a total of 15,586 responses. (ANI )