Robin van Persie has urged the Emirates crowd to stick around and see the future of Arsenal today.

There is no service on the Victoria Line on Sunday so the Club are giving the fans an extra reason to stay in the ground after our Premier League clash with Stoke City.

Immediately after the final whistle, at approximately 3.20pm, Arsenal's Under-18s will take on their Chelsea counterparts in a friendly match at Emirates Stadium.

Robin hopes the next generation of Arsenal talent will draw a big crowd.

"When you’re 17 or 18 all you want to do is to play at Emirates, so it’s a dream come true for them and with a packed stadium it will be even more special," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"I hope that most supporters will stay and have a look at the future of Arsenal; I’ve seen the Under-18s play a couple of times recently and I can assure you there are some very promising boys coming through.

"Hopefully we in the first team can do our job with a nice win so that everybody is in the mood to stay around for more!

"I’ll certainly be watching their match with great interest, and it would be fantastic if the fans were able to stay as well."

You can read Robin's programme notes in Sunday’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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