Respect your elders: Arsenal to salute Manchester United before premiership match on Sunday

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team will hold a guard of honour for Manchester United’s players before Sunday’s match at Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea doing a guard of honour for Manchester United in 2007

The match is the first United have played since sealing their 20th league title with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday.

Wenger said: “I want the traditions of English football to be respected.”

The match sees the return of former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who scored a hat-trick against Villa.

Van Persie, 29, scored the opener the last time the two sides met in United’s 2-1 victory in November.

“Van Persie is a massive talent, a world-class player who has fantastic technique and a lot of experience,” Wenger said.

“You always miss a big player. It took us a while because our game went a lot through him but if you look at the number of goals we have scored, it’s similar to last season.”

United gave Arsenal a guard of honour at Highbury in 1991, and honoured champions Chelsea at Old Trafford in 2005. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea returned the gesture two years later.

– BBC Sport



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