By Chris Harris
Aston Villa away, Manchester United at home, Chelsea away, Liverpool at home. Daunting? Not a bit of it, according to Aaron Ramsey.
The fixtures computer was at its most mischievous when it handed Arsenal a run of games against each of their 'Big Four' rivals plus a Villa side that has claimed the scalp of all three of those rivals this season.
It's a sequence which could define Arsenal's title challenge but, far from fearing what lies ahead, Ramsey is relishing the prospect of taking on the cream of the Premier League in the space of two weeks.
"Obviously we are playing Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool straight after each other so it is going to be a difficult period but these are the things you want to be a part of," he told Arsenal TV Online.
"These are the occasions you look forward to the most. Hopefully we can make the most of the situation we are in and take maximum points from all the games to put ourselves in a really strong position.
"I think Villa have been a solid, strong team this season, and they have a good spirit. They have caused a number of teams problems and that shows from their position in the League. They have done well and it won't be easy for us but these are the games we all want to play in and hopefully we can get the right result."
The prospect of Ramsey playing in tonight's game seemed rather outlandish nine days ago when the Welsh midfielder was ruled out for three weeks by Arsène Wenger after picking up an injury. But the 19-year-old shocked even himself with the speed of his recovery and was fit enough to come off the bench at Stoke City on Sunday.
"I had a grade one strain just below my hip but people take different periods of time to recover from injuries and luckily I was relatively quick," said Ramsey. "Hopefully now I can stay fit for the rest of the season. I feel fine now, I came on against Stoke and I felt OK.
"Earlier in the week they had me down to be back for the Villa game but the day before the Stoke game I trained with the first team and then I heard that I was in the squad. It was good to be back in the mix.
"It was a disappointing result for us at Stoke but these things happen and it's how you bounce back from these situations that is important. We want to make the most of Wednesday's game and hopefully take three points from it. We bounced back from blips earlier in the season so hopefully we can do the same this time around."
Aaron was talking to Arsenal TV Online in an exclusive 'Spotlight' interview.
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