Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, has confirmed that his players will form a guard of honour for former skipper Robin van Persie and his Manchester United team mates, before their Premier League clash on Sunday.
United secured their 20th title, thanks to Van Persie’s hat-trick against Aston Villa on Monday and the Gunners will be expected to clap the champions onto the Emirates pitch.
Wenger also called for the fans to respect the Dutch striker, who left Arsenal last summer in a £22m deal.
“I want the traditions of English football to be respected,” Wenger replied, when asked if his players would form a guard of honour.
“We respect Robin van Persie like every other player who has left and comes back. I want the player to be respected.
“He is a massive talent with world-class technique and huge experience with the national team and in the Champions League. I had no doubt he’d adapt.
“I think Arsenal had a positive impact on the life and career of Robin van Persie.
“You always miss a big player but now we are stabilised. We are on a very strong run. We have a good level of confidence and a great desire.
“What we know is that we will need a great performance to beat Manchester United. That’s what we will focus on.”