Gabby Agbonlahor admits Leeds United fans are 'annoying' as he predicts score of Arsenal clash
Gabby Agbonlahor called Leeds United fans “annoying” but says it’s “all good fun” as he predicted the team to dig out a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
The former Aston Villa forward has rubbed the Whites support up the wrong way with certain comments in the past, but acknowledges it is part of the territory to face a reaction when he criticises another club.
And ahead of Sunday’s crucial game at the Emirates (8 May), he believes the team will come away with a valuable point in the relegation battle.
The ex-Villa striker told talkSPORT: “Leeds fans are annoying. They’re always after me for no reason. I’ve done nothing wrong to them and they’re always after me.
“It’s all banter at the end of the day and fans are passionate about their club. If someone criticises their club naturally they’re gonna bite back at you, so it’s all good fun.”
On today’s game he added: “I reckon it will be 2-2. I feel like Leeds are fighting for their lives.
“They would have had a wake up call with recent results from Burnley and Everton, and they know they need to get points.
“They can’t wait for the three games afterwards, they know every game is a must win if they can.
“Leeds won’t just roll over in that game. I think it will be a draw, 2-2.”
Agbonlahor will probably get it in the neck from United fans again as he chose Arsenal as a bigger club with a stadium that has “better everything”.
But he did acknowledge the Leeds faithful were more loyal and created the better atmosphere so it’s clear there is some respect there.
To his credit he seems to take his role as a pundit, expected to have controversial opinions, in good humour so it is an entertaining rivalry.
Despite Burnley’s defeat to Aston Villa ending their winning run, there is still the matter of Everton and their game in hand to worry about in the battle against the drop.
After losing 4-0 to Manchester City last time out ended the Whites’ own unbeaten run, Jesse Marsch will be desperate to not produce consecutive defeats.
A positive result in the capital would be a good way to start taking the pressure back off after it built back up in a major way in a short space of time.
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