Emma Jones has taken a swipe at Arsenal amid some big Leeds United loving with Premier League safety all-but confirmed.
The Whites beat Fulham last Friday to open up a 13-point gap between themselves and the 18th-placed side who occupy the last relegation spot, with less than 10 games of the season left.
It also means Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now just a win away from catching Arsenal in ninth and LUTV presenter Jones couldn’t resist poking fun at their demise on BBC MOTDx [Ep 3, 25/03/21].
Arsenal fan KSI, ranked second by The Sunday Times in its 2019 list of the top 100 UK influencers, was in attendance and was the butt of the joke by Jones.
“[Leeds are] Flying. Newly-promoted side, three points between Leeds and another mid-table club, pretty much guaranteed safety after the win over Fulham,” she said.
“You’re looking at me like he’s [KSI] going to come back to me on that.”
Gap has narrowed
It was a tongue in cheek comment from Jones but it does highlight how close the clubs are in the Premier League table and shows just how far we have come.
Arsenal are perennial challengers at the top end of the league and they have won Premier Leagues and got to a Champions League final since the turn of the century.
Meanwhile the Whites lurched from one disaster to the next after relegation from the top-flight in 2004 and even sunk to the depths of League One during a 16-year absence.
However after play-off heartbreak in his first season at the club Bielsa masterminded a sensational 2019/20 campaign to inspire us to Championship title glory and we have not looked back since.
Premier League survival has surely been secured already and we are looking up, not down, with Aston Villa and Arsenal in our sights.
Everton are eighth and are seven points clear with a game in hand so catching them appears unlikely but a top 10 finish is still achievable.
There was a time when Leeds v Arsenal was a top of the table clash – now we are mid-table rivals.
But under Bielsa we are on the rise and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see us climb above Mikel Arteta’s side and leave them in the dust.
In other Leeds United news, Whites hire new coach at Thorp Arch.