If the Gunners can match the level of performance they reached last Monday at Hull City, they will produce something special. Some of their football on Humberside was simply a joy to watch, with occasional passages of play suggesting that they are in the right shape to make a significant title challenge next term.
Alexis Sanchez appears to be at the top of his game again after easing off slightly in the first couple of months of 2015. He was on target twice at the KC Stadium, and here he will look to add to his goal at Swansea earlier in the campaign. As a former Cardiff City player, Aaron Ramsey – if fit – has an extra incentive to continue his own sparkling form.
They have largely gone under the radar, but Swansea have been one of the season’s remarkable success stories, all but securing their first ever top eight finish in the Premier League with a win over Stoke City in their previous game, a feat made more impressive by their lack of striking options.
Lukasz Fabianski returns to keep goal at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since moving to South Wales last summer, and he does so knowing he has now proved himself as a fine goalkeeper at this level. He has received great protection from his defence all season, so this may not be straightforward for the hosts.
Ramsey may not be fit enough for Arsenal after picking up a leg injury at Hull. Danny Welbeck is definitely absent.
The visitors are unable to call upon defender Jordi Amat and striker Nelson Oliveira, but Bafetimbi Gomis could return. Full-backs Ashley Richards and Dwight Tiendalli could feature after returning from loan spells.