Danny Welbeck's winner against Leicester the most talked about moment on Twitter in title race


When Danny Welbeck scored his last-gasp winner against Leicester on Valentine's Day it seemed like a pivotal moment in the title race.

The Foxes' unlikely run had been dealt its most significant blow and the whole of north London celebrated. Everyone else tweeted, it seems.

Welbeck's strike was the most talked about moment in the Premier League title race this season, attracting 51,000 tweets per minute.

To put that into perspective, from the moment Welbeck scored to the time play restarted, the same number of people as were inside the Emirates Stadium that day had commented on the social media site... and then some more.

The second most talked about moment was when Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record in November by scoring in an 11th consecutive game. Twitter logged 33,000 Vardy-related tweets a minute after the goal.

The Foxes, who can clinch the title with victory over Manchester United on Sunday, have pulled off stunning results all season and the third most tweeted about moment came when Robert Huth put them 3-0 up away against Manchester City in February.

Tottenham's dogged pursuit looks set to end in failure but for Spurs there will be the considerable consolation of Champions League football next season.

Twitter graphic on Premier League title race

They are also poised to finish ahead of rivals Arsenal, and 28,000 tweets per minute were sent when Harry Kane put Tottenham 2-1 ahead against the Gunners in March.

Spurs fans got pretty excited as it briefly sent them top of the league...

...before Arsenal equalised as the game finished 2-2.

The north London derby features four times on Twitter's list of the 15 most popular moments of the title battle between Leicester and Spurs.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey in that game are numbers eight and nine, while a rare goal from Kieran Gibbs to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw in November attracted 20,000 tweets per minute, making it the 11th most talked about moment.

Twitter graphic on Leicester and Tottenham' player mentions on Twitter

But 10 of the 15 moments came during Leicester games, with the Foxes' exploits continually getting football fans talking.

Vardy was the most talked about player, featuring in four of the top 15 moments, while Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez made the list twice with goals against Manchester City and Chelsea - the second of which prompted Jose Mourinho's exit.