AFTV’s Robbie Lyle planning to throw ‘biggest party’ if Arsenal win the league

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    Robbie Lyle is daring to dream.

    With 15 games to go of the Premier League season, the AFTV founder and host has allowed himself to start thinking about what he might do if Arsenal actually win the league.

    The Gunners are two points clear at the top with a game in hand after a manic last weekend, which saw Mikel Arteta's side snatch a last-gasp win against Aston Villa, and Manchester City drop points against Nottingham Forest.

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    Arsenal's destiny is still in their own hands, not that it's making life any easier for Lyle. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport at the launch of his new F1 channel in association with, the AFTV legend opened up on the title race and what he plans to do if the Gunners manage to ride it out at the top.

    "I don't know how I'm going to survive until the end of the season," Lyle tells us after Saturday's result against Villa. "I still think we can do it, but obviously the team that's chasing us down is so experienced – and Man Utd are starting to come into it now as well.

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    "There's no room for error, and I think you still have to make City the favourites because of their experience. However, we saw at the weekend that even they can falter."

    "If we can win it for the years of suffering I've had since we've been doing this channel, I'd throw the biggest party."

    That leads us on to what content Lyle is planning if the Gunners do win the title. While the 50-year-old broadcaster admits to having thought about it, he isn't drawn on exactly what's up his sleeve.

    "I’ve thought about it in secret, but I’m keeping my mouth shout in case it goes wrong. It’s a bit like when these football teams have a celebration bus that’s decorated up but you never ever see it if they lose! That’s a bit like my plans, so I’m not saying anything at all. But if it was to happen, it would be good."

    Lyle, whose AFTV team raised more than £26,000 for the Syria-Turkey earthquake victims with a marathon 12-hour live stream earlier this week, has been hosting AFTV since 2012. He was among the first content creators to give a voice to his club's fans in the digital media and YouTube age.

    It is often perceived that AFTV only does well when Arsenal are in the doldrums, but that's not the case. Reaction videos from their last-gasp win over Villa at the weekend have clocked up more than one million views alone, while the channel recently reached the milestone of one billion views since they started broadcasting in 2012.

    It is some achievement, and one Lyle puts down to the authenticity of the channel. "I think because it’s still real fans," he informs us when we ask why AFTV remains so successful.

    "We used to get people saying 'you only do well because you’re losing and opposition fans are coming on to watch,' but where have all those people gone this season? We’re right at the top and our numbers are soaring.

    "If your content is authentic, people will watch i. I get so many fans of other clubs saying 'I came on to see you lot meltdown and I ended up relating to you because I feel like how you do about my club.

    "It’s the authenticity of the content. I always listen to the radio and I just loved to hear authentic football fans talk about their club because you get a different perspective on it."

    Lyle will be hoping he can now transfer that across to F1 as he prepares to embark on an exciting new adventure, which could do for fans of motorsport what AFTV has done for Arsenal.


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