ArsenalFanTV on YouTube is home to the most entertaining fan-focused football videos around, but why has the channel become so big? Tube Chum spoke to host Robbie to find out more.
From a furious Claude at Swansea to a weeping fan at Stoke, we’ve seen plenty of drama over on ArsenalFanTV since it arrived on the scene.
Perhaps it’s the unpredictability of the Arsenal fans interviewed that has led to many of the channel’s videos going viral, sparking debate amongst football fanatics the world over. We’ve seen it all!
Fast forward to 2015 and ArsenalFanTV is the biggest fan-driven football show on YouTube, and for good reason. Whether the Arsenal fans are singing their team’s praises or cursing the day they were born, ArsenalFanTV has loads of engaging characters in front of the camera.
Tube Chum caught up with the ArsenalFanTV host Robbie to find out more about his YouTube success.
Robbie told Tube Chum ArsenalFanTV’s growth is down to ‘hard work and dedication’.
Starting up his football channel in 2012, Robbie told Tube Chum that he wanted to give fans a voice. He explained: “I was disillusioned with the fact that you would never get to hear what the fans opinions were after an Arsenal game. Even though fans pay money every week to support their team and follow them through thick and thin, their opinions were never valued. I wanted to give all of our fans, regardless of who they are, a chance to have a say on the club they love”.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I enjoy working with the Liverpool fan channel, RedMen TV. They’re a good set of lads, shame about the team!”[/pullquote]
Arguably one of the videos that shot ArsenalFanTV into the spotlight was Chris Hudson’s emotional outburst, where the fan criticised Arsène Wenger after a shock defeat to Aston Villa. At the time of writing, the clip has been viewed a whopping 900,000 times. Back of the net.
“That video came straight from the heart”, Robbie agreed.
Hudson lets rip
Since October 2015, managing ArsenalFanTV has become Robbie’s full-time job, a decision he came to because he wanted to give the project ‘as much attention as possible’. Behind the scenes, the ArsenalFanTV team is made up of three people.
Robbie said: “[The team] is me presenting and coming up with ideas, Tao filming and editing and my wife who organises everything. A lot of work goes into making this channel. Our match days are very long. We will be at the ground a few hours before kick off filming and afterwards we record the match reactions. We upload our content to YouTube on the road using some of our own innovations.”.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”If a game kicks off at 3pm we won’t be finished and home until at least midnight”[/pullquote]
“The growth of the channel has been phenomenal. When we first started, we were told that we wouldn’t get more than 10,000 subscribers by someone at YouTube as there ‘wasn’t a demand’ for it. We soon proved them wrong!”
Running a channel of ArsenalFanTV’s size is far from easy, Robbie admitted, considering the work involves a ‘significant amount of travel’.
Classic meltdowns in the ArsenalFanTV archives
Looking ahead, Robbie explained that there’s plans to bring some fresh faces to ArsenalFanTV further down the line, saying: “[I’m aiming] for lots more quality content. We also want to recruit some new young talent onto the channel. We want to keep evolving and keep bringing the best and most unique content on YouTube”.
“I feel we have started something new and fresh on YouTube and it will only grow bigger. We are closing in on 200,000 subscribers, which is incredible when you consider we are watched by fans of other clubs who don’t subscribe due to football tribalism”.
“I tend to judge a channel on views and we’ve hit 79 million hits in three years”.
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What’s your favourite ArsenalFanTV video? Let us know by tweeting us at @TubeChum. You can follow ArsenalFanTV on Twitter at @ArsenalFanTV. Take a look at the YouTube channel here, and the official website here.