In the late 90's, I made a note to myself that Arsenal and Chelsea were going to be the most successful London sides for the next 5-10 years. Unfortunately for us, I was correct. Why did I believe that? Well their clubs in general (meaning everything from the manager, board, the running of the club, team, etc.) were geared to success more so than us. With Gullit, Vialli and Wenger, both Ars*nal and Chelsea had managers who could take their teams forward. Dein, Hill-Wood and Bates were owners/board members who loved their clubs and possessed the ambition to make their clubs successful. What did we have? Sugar wasn't prepared to spend big (which ultimately one needs to do if you desire to be successful) and in addition we had managers like Gross. So, IMO, the reason why Ars*nal and Chelsea are ahead of us (on and off the pitch) is due to the ownership of all clubs concerned. Fundamentally there is no major difference in 'size' between ourselves and Arsenal (be it support wise or in a financial sense). I reckon we are a bigger club than Chelsea anyhow (both in terms of support and certainly in the context of tradition). So really there is no great reason why we SHOULD be behind them.