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Arsenal vs. Newcastle
The driving runs of Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey have become synonymous with so much that is good about the latest version of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side.

Wenger stuck by Ramsey in the early years of the player's development with the Gunners when the more vocal amongst the Arsenal faithful were calling for the Frenchman to turn to more exotic options.

Now, when the chips are down for Wenger with fans even turning on the mercurial Frenchman, is the time for Ramsey to repay that faith.

Ramsey has scored three times in the Premier League this season, including once in last weekend's 3-­‐2 defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

He was also on target in the Champions League against Galatasaray in midweek, scoring twice in the 4-­‐1 victory, the second a spectacular shot from 30 yards.

Following the defeat to Stoke, Wenger received support from the unlikeliest of sources when former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker leapt to his defence after he was verbally abused by Arsenal fans following the defeat at Stoke.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows what it is like to suffer the wrath of his own club's fans after taking on the thankless task of running a club owned by Mike Ashley.

Wenger is unlikely to receive any sympathy from Pardew ahead of the game, though, but few know better how fickle fans can be than the Newcastle boss.

He can go into the visit to the Emirates on a high after a 2-­‐1 home win last weekend ended Chelsea's unbeaten run in the Premier League this season.

Pardew's side came in for criticism from Blues boss Jose Mourinho for "time-­‐wasting" against Chelsea, but don't be surprised to see them running down the clock against Wenger's side if they again gain the upper hand.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Louis van Gaal will be looking for fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie to continue his return to form as the Manchester United manager experiences a United-­‐Liverpool clash in the Premier League for the first time.

Few games arouse United fans' passion more than the encounter with their bitter Merseyside rivals and van Persie -­‐ and United -­‐ approach it in a great frame of mind.

Van Persie scored both goals in United's 2-­‐1 win at Southampton, where they were fortunate to come away with three points. A sure sign of a good side is to play poorly and still win, though, especially on the same weekend that leaders Chelsea surrendered their unbeaten Premier League run with a 2-­‐1 defeat at Newcastle.

Van Gaal was not afraid to splash the cash over the summer as he tried to make his mark following the disappointing tenure of David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Van Persie's goals against Southampton were evidence that perhaps Van Gaal already has the striker to return United to the top of the table and does not need a new one in the January transfer window.

Liverpool, in contrast, are still in the doldrums as manager Brendan Rodgers struggles to get to grips with the thorny issue of what to do with veteran midfielder Steven Gerrard.

Rodgers has so far been unable to inspire a repeat of last season's sensational but ultimately fruitless challenge for the Premier League title.

Chief amongst his problems has been a goalscorer to replace Luis Suarez, but the inconsistent form of Gerrard -­‐ and his future -­‐ have also been troublesome.

The trip back along the East Lancashire Road would be all the sweeter then if talisman Gerrard popped up to burst Van Gaal and Van Persie's bubble.

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