Van Persie well aware of Ninian roar

Last updated : 21 January 2009 By Michael Morris
When Glenn Loovens was playing for Cardiff last season he invited his friend Robin Van Persie to watch him play a couple of times.

That experience has given Van Persie prior warning of what atmosphere to expect on Sunday when Arsenal come to Cardiff for the FA Cup 4th round tie.

"Cardiff City have incredible fans," said van Persie. "I watched them at Ninian Park a couple of times when I went to visit my old mate Glenn Loovens last season.

"He would always tell me tales about their fans and then I witnessed it for myself. They are passionate, they are outstanding in their support.

"The atmosphere will be similar to that at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium - and we lost (2-1 in the Premier League) there.

"It's going to be tough. I would be far happier if we had been at home, but if we match their work-rate I'm positive we can come out on top."