Manager Arsene Wenger has stressed Arsenal fans must not disrespect the efforts of their club by abusing former captain Robin van Persie at Manchester United.

The Gunners are likely to come up against the Dutchman for the first time since his £24million summer transfer to Old Trafford. Wenger believes goading Van Persie from the terraces would serve no purpose - especially in the current climate where all clubs campaign against discrimination of any kind.

"We cannot promote respect and then say 'look it is respectful on Saturday'," the Arsenal manager said. "I hope it (reception) is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, and he has done very well for us. We campaign against discrimination, it was still the case last week so why should it not be the case this week?"

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