Arsenal accepts the pain of applauding Van Persie
LONDON (AP) -Applauding former teammate Robin van Persie will be a painful moment for Arsenal's players when they welcome Premier League champion Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
It has become tradition in England for opponents to give the new champions a guard of honor before kick-off but venerating Van Persie, who left Arsenal to join Manchester United last year, will be a particularly uncomfortable experience for the Gunners.
Van Persie, whose 24 goals have been instrumental in United's title triumph, spent eight seasons at Arsenal before quitting the club.
Despite some supporters' objections, however, manager Arsene Wenger said there was never a possibility of Arsenal refusing to follow tradition on Sunday.