Arsenal make the trip over the toll bridge into Wales this weekend, where they face a Swansea side who have surprised many in their ability so far.
Currently sat in sixth place, The Swans will be looking to bounce back to winning ways following a goalless draw against Everton last weekend.
Arsenal on the other hand will want to forget about mid-week, where they let a 3-goal lead slip to draw with Anderlecht. However, maintaining the Premier League form will be key for Arsene Wenger’s men, who have picked up two victories and two clean sheets in as many fixtures.
The last time these two met was back in March 2014, where the spoils were shared at the Emirates in a 2-2 draw. This will be a tough test for Arsenal this weekend, especially with abuse directed at Aaron Ramsey, who silenced the Swansea crowd last year with a not so popular celebration.
So let’s take a look at just who will be the key to stopping our man Alexis from running the show again as Swansea look to leapfrog Arsenal if they are to grab all three points.
1. Wilfried Bony
It comes as no surprise to you that Bony takes the number 1 position, after being the leading figure which allowed Swansea to cruise to safety last season.
Arsene Wenger will be no stranger to the talents of Bony, after media speculation linked him with a move to the Emirates on several occasions. The boss has recognised his desire to get a goal, and speaking back in 2012, was keen to state how his passion for the team was what made him shine.
That same passion will be part of the reason The Swans are set to offer Bony a new long-term deal, rewarding him for his loyalty and professionalism whilst a number of clubs came knocking in the Summer.
But the striker didn’t have the best start to his 2014 campaign, after having to wait until the start of October to grab his first Premier League goal of the season.
Yet since then, the Ivorian hasn’t been able to step out of top gear, netting an impressive four goals in his last four games. After receiving a red card in the 1-0 loss to Southampton, he has changed his attitude completely, and forgotten about trying so hard, which has made him more relaxed so the goals come him rather than chasing them. Something our Aaron Ramsey needs to focus on.
His abilities play straight into our weaknesses as well. Set pieces have always been a struggle for our defence, and Bony isn’t afraid to get his head in with the action in order to grab a chance.
Likewise, the pace Swansea have on the flanks with Nathan Dyer and Marvin Emnes will be vital in beating our full-backs, and the cut back option is always on for Bony to slot home easily. This will be our weakness when they eventually counter attack.