Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated he expects fans to show former Arsenal forward Robin van Persie respect when he returns to the Emirates for the first time since his switch to Manchester United.
The Dutchman has been instrumental in United essentially wrapping up their 20th Premier League title and is likely to come to Arsenal a Premier League winner if the Red Devils can beat Aston Villa later today.
Although Van Persie spent six years at Arsenal, he was still booed when the Gunners faced Manchester United early in the season and no doubt he will receive more of the same at the Emirates.
Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sport News:
We will respect the players that have played for us a long time as we always have done and treat them well before and after the game.
As a champion or not as a champion it is exactly the same.
What I want is for us to have a good game and to beat them, it doesn’t matter what kind if status they come with.
It is safe to assume that Van Persie will receive an unwelcome reception when he returns to the Emirates this coming weekend, regardless of whether United have wrapped up the league or not.
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If Aston Villa do miraculously prevent United from winning the league, my only wish is that the Gunners delay their crowning by giving their fans a victory to celebrate!