Ignore Arsenal jeers, RVP told

Sir Alex Ferguson has told Robin van Persie to ignore Arsenal taunts when he returns to the Emirates on Sunday.

Last Updated: 28/04/13 at 15:14 Post Comment

Robin van Persie scored against his former employers when the sides met in Octob

Robin van Persie scored against his former employers when the sides met in Octob

Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United last summer and has proved decisive in the title race, with Monday's hat-trick against Aston Villa securing the championship and taking his league tally to 24.

A guard of honour for the player and his team-mates will irk supporters still bitter over his departure in search of silverware but Ferguson said a feisty reception was no cause for concern.

"I don't bother about it, and I don't think Robin should bother about it either," said Ferguson.

"There was a bit of booing when he played at Old Trafford and I expect a portion of fans will do that. That is the modern generation I am afraid.

"For Arsenal to have one of their players go to their biggest rivals of the last 20 years doesn't sit well with their fans, nor Arsene (Wenger) for that matter.

"But it does happen. You just have to move on. Arsenal have moved on now. They are challenging for a Champions League place and have every chance of getting one."

Wenger confirmed that his players will form a guard of honour in recognition of their opponents' championship triumph, a move Ferguson has backed.

"I am glad Arsene has done that; when they came to Old Trafford in 2002 and Sylvain Wiltord scored the only goal, we did exactly the same," he added.

"That is what great clubs should do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company