Arsenal and Chelsea the most reluctant British travelling fans in Champions League

Figures suggest that out of the British teams, Arsenal and Chelsea are the most reluctant to travel to support their teams in the group stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal and Chelsea fans are the least likely fans of British clubs in the Champions League to follow their team, according to data from

The flight comparison website used flight search data to determine how much of an increase in searches against the norm there had been for destinations featuring the clubs’ opponents in the Champions League group stages.

The data shows that there's only been a 69% increase against the norm in interest to destinations featuring Arsenal and Chelsea's Champions League opponents, with the Borussia Dortmund and Schalke trips proving the most popular.

There's actually been a decrease against the norm on the amount of searches for a trip to Basel (in Chelsea's Champions League group), perhaps down to the fact that the two teams met as recently as the Europa League semi-final last season.

Celtic’s trips generated the highest interest overall with an increase of 1,604% on the normal volume of searches. The data also suggests that many of their fans fancy a trip to Amsterdam when the Bhoys take on Ajax in November, with a 2,550% increase in interest on that particular trip.

Searches for Manchester United’s Champions League group stage destinations rose by 254% against the norm overall, with searches for their trip to Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of October generating the most interest with an increase of 1,940%.

Manchester City saw a 236% increase - with the most popular search appearing to be a trip to Moscow, attracting a 580% increase overall.

Ben Rosier, spokesperson for said: 'Celtic and Manchester United seem to be making the most of the early running when it comes to following their team on the road. With some exciting matches in prospect, and strong early demand for the big European glamour ties, we’d recommend that fans book flights early to secure the best prices'.

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