Arsenal hero Paul Merson doesn't expect Robin van Persie to play for Manchester United at the Emirates.

Merson wrote in the Daily Star: "One thing that might work in Arsenal's favour is I don't think Robin van Persie will play. I expect United to give him the day off.

"I don't think Van Persie will want to go back there and stick the knife into his old club. He will win the Golden Boot anyway now Luis Suarez has been banned.

"They might as well take him out of the firing line so he can avoid any abuse he might get from the Arsenal fans."