Arsene Wenger has instructed his Arsenal players to give a guard of honour to newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United when the sides meet on Sunday, the
A member of an Arsenal supporters’ group has echoed the manager’s view, calling for people to remember that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side did the same for them in 1991, while Chelsea welcomed the title-winning Gunners side on to the pitch in 2005 in the same manner.
The match will mark the first return to the Emirates Stadium of Robin van Persie, who left Arsenal for United in a £24m deal last summer. But the return of van Persie is part of the reason why Mark Brindle, of the Red Action supporters’ group, believes the guard of honour would be appropriate – despite the Premier League confirming it is a decision for the club to make.
“ The guard of honour is a tradition and people have short memories, as Manchester United did it for us,” Brindle said to the Mirror. “Football needs to be a bit more sporting. I know people want to vent their spleen at Robin van Persie. But they need to get behind the team because we need the three points.
“[Van Persie] was part of the problem as to why we didn’t win things as he was injured a lot of the time. But what’s happened after selling him may send a clear message to the board that we can’t carry on selling out best players.”
Arsenal will receive a further £1.5m from United as part of the van Persie transfer as a result of the title returning to Old Trafford, as part of the deal was based on performances. Van Persie sealed the title for United with a hat-trick in Monday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, a result that took United out of reach of defending champions Manchester City.
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