Arsenal players are reportedly unhappy and reluctant to give ex-captain Robin van Persie a guard of honour after Manchester United won the Premier League on Monday night after a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa.
The two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon and it is a Premier League tradition that the opposition give a guard of honour before kick-off to the newly-crowned champions.
It is expected that Arsenal will go through with the process and will honour United, but they are not happy that they have to stand there and applaud former team-mate Van Persie.
The Dutchman was the captain at Emirates last season and he helped them achieve a third-place finish, but he then left the club in the summer for United after they made a £24m bid after he rejected a contract extension from Arsenal.
It is apparent that a few of the Arsenal players have expressed their annoyance at the fact they have to honour a player that left their club, especially as they have to do it in front of their own fans – but it is also thought that they will still go ahead with the gesture.
Some good news for Arsenal, though, is that they will get a lump-sum of around £1.5m due to a clause in Van Persie’s contract which was triggered after he earned his first Premier League winners’ medal
The debate also took on to Twitter with television presenter Piers Morgan, an avid Arsenal fan, weighing in on the situation with the following tweet: “I’m happy to respect a guard of honour for United on Sunday. But not for Van Pursestrings (Van Persie). He should stay out of it.”
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