Sky pundit picks who'll finish higher, Arsenal or Leeds, and who he prefers to watch

Nathaniel Kay February 15, 2021
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Graeme Souness has said who he thinks will finish higher in the Premier League out of Arsenal and Leeds United this season following their game yesterday, speaking on Sky Sports.

The Gunners managed to outfire their loose cannoned guests 4-2 at the Emirates.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s first league hat-trick in England and Hector Bellerin’s near-post strike ensured Mikel Arteta’s side walked away with all three points.

Leeds rallied as they always do in the second half. Pascal Struijk’s powerful header was followed by a clipped finish by Helder Costa. Patrick Bamford had a good shout for a penalty – but Arsenal held on.


Graeme gives his answer

When asked who out of the pair would finish higher in the league, Souness replied: “I would think Arsenal.”

However, the Liverpool legend went on to praise the West Yorkshire side when asked who he prefers to watch.

He said: “Leeds for me. I look forward to watching them more than any other team this year.

“They’ve got a brand of football you can’t help but enjoy. Trying to be on the front foot, trying to get forward all the time.

“Arsenal are playing in a more disciplined way. The joy of this Leeds side is they play in such an undisciplined way.”

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Leeds and Arsenal both consistently inconsistent

Last night’s victory for Arsenal took them above Leeds into tenth and only six points off the Champions League places.

It has been an inconsistent campaign for both sides, who probably hoped to challenge for a European spot.

As it stands, it looks unlikely for either camp if they fail to string a set of positive results together.

Leeds have only won back-to-back matches twice all season, which is the same for the number of draws they’ve amassed.

Arsenal lost just once in January but have already been defeated twice in February.

Knocking on No 10s door

Neither Arteta nor Marcelo Bielsa have been able to find a consistent winning formula.

However, the latter employs a style that makes Leeds so enjoyable to watch and the neutral’s favourite, as highlighted by Souness’ gushing review.

Both sides will probably fight it out all season for a top ten finish.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.