Former Arsenal captain Van Persie can expect a hot reception in north London, where passions still run high among some supporters over the manner in which the Holland forward left last summer in a £24million move.
"If I was playing of course I would applaud, they've been the best team this year, there's no question about it.
"There will be a bit of friction between Robin van Persie and the fans, but you've got to get over it and move on. He's switched to Manchester United. We'd have loved to see him in an Arsenal shirt this season, but it wasn't to be."