Ryan Giggs has hailed the impact of Robin van Persie as the Manchester United striker prepares to face his former club Arsenal for the first time since moving to Old Trafford in August.
Van Persie, who scored 96 Premier League goals for Arsenal during eight years at the London club, is hoping to be on target yet again when United bid to go top of the table against the Gunners at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Netherlands striker, 29, has scored seven times in his first nine league outings since completing a £24 million ($39 million) move from Arsenal to Manchester three months ago. But veteran United midfielder Giggs stressed van Persie had also made a huge contribution in setting up goals for his new team-mates.
"We're like the supporters — we look forward to playing with and seeing quality players come into the team, and Robin is certainly that," Giggs said. "He's proven that with his goals and all-round play since he's come to the club," he added.
Van Persie's presence in the United line-up will provide Arsene Wenger with a painful reminder of the Gunners' failure to hold onto their biggest stars in recent years.
The Arsenal manager, though, hopes his former player is given a warm reception by the club's supporters despite Van Persie making it clear he wanted to leave the Emirates Stadium.