Arsenal set to give guard of honour

Arsenal have confirmed that they will give Premier League Champions Manchester United a guard of honour ahead of their game at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

It will be United’s first match since clinching the title on Monday, and Arsene Wenger has said that he wants “the traditions of English football to be respected”.

The Gunners were given a guard of honour by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at the end of the 1990/91 season after they had won the title in the game before the sides met at Highbury.

Sunday’s game will see former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie return to the Emirates for the first time since moving to Manchester last August.

With twenty-four goals for the season so far The Dutchman looks set to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a second successive season, having finished with thirty for the Gunners a year ago.

Arsene Wenger will be without Olivier Giroud, who begins a three-match suspension following his red card in the dying moments of the 1-0 win over Fulham last weekend.

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Arsenal manager, though Lukasz Fabianski is not yet ready to return so Wojciech Szczesny is set to continue in goal.

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