Robin van Persie will be looking to continue a great record against his former team this weekend.
Much of the attention when Arsenal take on Manchester United this weekend will focus on Danny Welbeck. The England international will be facing United for the first time since he left the club for Arsenal in a £16 million deal this summer.
But of course that must not detract from the fact Robin van Persie will also be up against his former team. RVP was captain of Arsenal when he decided he needed a change of scenery in order to win silverware. Indeed he did, securing a Premier League title at the first time of asking.
During his time at United he has not held back against his employers either. He has scored on three occasions against Arsenal since his exit, celebrating each time, much to the anger of Arsenal fans unhappy with his apparent disloyalty.
|Team||Goals [v Arsenal]||Appearances [v Arsenal]||Minutes [v Arsenal]|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United||3||4||355|
One person who was not aware of that statistic, apparently, was his current boss Louis van Gaal.
Speaking in his Manchester United press conference earlier today he spoke of Van Persie's former Arsenal links, and appeared to have little sympathy for his upcoming opponents:
"He was an Arsenal player – it's the football world. He has scored also three times, I have heard – I didn't know that – already against Arsenal as a Manchester United player. That's life, believe me."
Van Gaal and United fans will be hoping it is Van Persie and not Welbeck who has the last laugh on Saturday.