Manchester United travel to Arsenal later on today, and Van Persie will be afforded a guard of honour should he start on his first return to the Gunners since switching between the clubs.
The Dutchman admits that he expects a lively atmosphere, but will not be hurt by the Arsenal fans.
"I don't expect anything less than a lively atmosphere," Van Persie told The Sun. "But it doesn't hurt.
"I have always respected the Arsenal fans and I always will. They love their club so I understand their feelings. Players, staff, managers and even directors come and go, but fans will always stick with their team.
"So I am looking forward to playing at the Emirates again. I have good memories there, and it will be good to see my old colleagues, staff and friends again."
United take on Arsenal at 4pm this afternoon.