Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his side will form a guard of honour for the newly crowned champions Manchester United this weekend. 

The Red Devils secured their 20th league title on Monday night after beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to a hat-trick from ex-Arsenal player Robin van Persie.

The guard of honour now means that the Arsenal players will be clapping the United team out onto the pitch after their title win, but an Arsenal supporters group has said that the welcome won't be as nice from the stands as it will be from the players.

There has been a lot of talk this week saying that the Arsenal players are not happy with the thought of giving a guard of honour to their ex-captain in front of their own fans, but Wenger has now confirmed that the club will honour Manchester United and will honour Van Persie because it is the tradition.

On the subject of a guard of honour, Wenger told reporters: "I want the traditions of English football to be respected. 

After that Wenger then mainly focused on the return of Van Persie and he revealed that he still believes the Dutchman should be show respect.

"We respect Robin van Persie like every other player who has left and comes back. I want the player to be respected.

"He is a massive talent with world-class technique and huge experience with the national team and in the Champions League. I had no doubt he'd adapt.

"I think Arsenal had a positive impact on the life and career of Robin van Persie.

"You always miss a big player but now we are stabilised. We are on a very strong run. We have a good level of confidence and a great desire.

"What we know is that we will need a great performance to beat Manchester United. That's what we will focus on."


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