Arsenal's Independent Supporters Association believe the club should do a guard of honour for Manchester United, but reveal that Robin van Persie will not be welcomed back to the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester United won the English Premier League on Monday night after beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a  Van Persie hat-trick and it is a tradition that in the following game, the opposition team gives the newly-crowned champions a guard of honour as they walk out onto the pitch.

There has been a lot of speculation this week that some of the Arsenal players are not fond of the idea of applauding their former captain onto the pitch in front of their own fans, but I think it has now been decided that the side will applaud United onto the pitch.

Arsenal Independent Supporters Association has revealed that they do not want to come across as a petty football club by not producing a guard of honour, so they feel that it is best to just go ahead with the tradition.

AISA chair Lois Langton said: "I think we have to give the guard of honour, as I don't want us to look as though we are being petty by not giving the guard of honour.

"For it not to happen and for supporters not to acknowledge the Manchester United team as they come out would actually boost Robin van Persie's ego.

"I would rather us just acknowledge them and then get on with the game - otherwise the focus will be on Robin van Persie, rather than the Arsenal team, which is what we are supposed to be going there to support.

Focus was then turned to returning player Robin van Persie, and the chair of the supporters group revealed that he will get a horrible reception and also revealed that they feel Van Persie showed them a lack of respect when he left the club in the summer.

"The reality is he will get a hot reception.

"Football is a game of passion and emotion, and there are a large amount of supporters who feel very strongly about the circumstances in which Van Persie left.

"We had the seven years of him being injured with us, then he had his one injury-free good season, and at the end of that he decided to leave.

"The statement he came out with when he left, which I think he felt showed he identified with supporters, actually showed how very far removed he was from supporters.

"He completely called it wrong, he did not appreciate how Arsenal supporters felt about him and about the club.

"He alienated himself from supporters by the way in which he brought about his move, that is still felt very strongly by Arsenal supporters and is what is going to generate the response that he is going to get when he comes back on Sunday."


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