Instead of facing the Dutch striker as he did last season, the Reds goalkeeper would relish the chance to play behind him. Their meeting at Old Trafford almost a year ago was highly eventful - after saving van Persie's first-half penalty, De Gea was eventually beaten by him, albeit it was only a consolation strike as the Gunners were humbled 8-2. That was one of 30 league goals for top scorer RvP during the 2011/12 campaign - a stat that speaks for itself.
"He's one of the greatest strikers in the world and it would be a really great signing for us," De Gea told ManUtd.com on Thursday.
"It's better to have him in our team and helping us. He's a player who scores a lot of goals and he's very cool up front. He has a lot of quality to his game."