Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger: We’ll show Robin van Persie respect

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the Gunners to show their former captain Robin van Persie respect at The Emirates on Sunday

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Robin van Persie has scored 24 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal to show Robin van Persie respect when they take on Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday.

The former Gunners captain scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night to help seal United’s 13th Premier League title and the striker’s first top-flight winner’s medal.

Van Persie spent eight years in north London, winning the FA Cup in 2005, before completing a controversial £24m move to the Red Devils in August and scoring 24 league goals in his first season at Old Trafford.

The Gunners are expected to give the newly-crowned champions a guard of honour at the Emirates Stadium, and Wenger is confident his squad will show their former skipper respect on his return.

“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,” said Wenger.

“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 of status they come with.”

Van Persie scored 132 goals in 277 appearances for Arsenal after completing a £2.75m move to north London from Feyenoord in 2004.

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