Manchester United step up security ahead of Van Persie`s Arsenal return

Updated: Apr 28, 2013, 17:09 PM IST

London: Manchester United are to beef up their security for their trip to Arsenal on Sunday as Robin van Persie returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time as a Red Devils player.

Gunners fans` emotions are still raw after the Dutchman joined their rivals last summer, with the disgruntlement set to be increased by the hosts` needing to give United a guard of honour following their clinching of the Premier League title on Monday.

The new English champions are to employ a firm made up of former army personnel to err on the side of caution on their visit to north London.

The display of prudence is the club`s own, as the Metropolitan Police confirmed to that it is not making any special security plans for the game.

Van Persie signed for the Red Devils in August after a drawn-out summer transfer saga, turning down Manchester City in the process, and has since scored 28 goals for his new side.

United`s decision may have been prompted in part by City midfielder Samir Nasri`s reception on his most recent return to the Emirates.

The former Arsenal star received abuse on his way out of the ground, with former team-mate Marouane Chamakh stepping to help protect the Frenchman from angry supporters.