I would like to start off by saying that we are approaching something like a decent run.

An away win in Belgrade, followed by a brilliant victory over Everton for our first away victory in the league shows our strength and what can happen when Lacazette, Ozil and Alexis start together.

Then we sneaked past a potential banana skin versus Norwich. So we have three wins on the bounce and we now face off against a side that sit outside the relegation zone thanks to goal difference.

It would be nice to say our form is good enough to win comfortably. It would be lovely to think that Swansea would stand next to no chance of running away with the points.

We all know that this is not true. We are Arsenal, and we never make it easy.

We could be on an amazing run and be coming off the back of a convincing win against a big side. It wouldn’t matter. We seem to be able to derail our own aims before anyone else gets the opportunity.

So, the only thing we can say is that this match could go either way.

Swansea have four clean sheets in their nine games. They will turn up to The Emirates looking to stifle creativity in attack and suffocate supply in midfield. They will look to hit us on the break and with the guile of Gylffi Sigurdsson and the pace of Jordan Ayew allied with the finishing of Tammy Abraham - they will pose a very real threat.

We can look forward to our attacking trio taking to the field though. Lacazette, Ozil and Alexis destroyed Everton and they looked in synch during the game. If they come close to reproducing that, then it won’t matter how good the Swans defence is - we will tear them apart.

In terms of injury, Jack Wilshere is fit after showing worrying signs of a strain in the win over Norwich - but he will more than likely be on the bench. Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Shkodran Mustafi are all still out, so the team that defeated Everton last week should be the one that faces Paul Clements’ Swans side.

A rotation may just be on the cards however. We are facing a difficult week. After this game, we face Red Star again. This game could be navigated with a much-changed side. Three days later we go to The Etihad, and that won’t be so easy to rotate in. We will need all hands on deck. Six days later, we ‘welcome’ spurs to The Emirates. So could we include a couple of fringe players?

Probably not. We have no need to right now, and we can change the majority of our side on Thursday. It will be between the game at Manchester City and the North London derby that our stars will be asked to earn their ludicrous sums of money.

With those games on the horizon, it places even more emphasis on this match. Swansea have won half of all Premiership fixtures at The Emirates, and we need those points. It is very likely we will drop points against either City or, heaven forbid, spurs.

So a win is perhaps more important here than in the previous few fixtures. Aren’t they all though?

I wouldn’t like to predict this game, but if you insist…

I think we will have too much, but our home support is sometimes too quick to amp the tension up should we fail to score. That can have a negative effect, so an early goal would really settle the nerves and also ruin Swansea’s game plan.

Let us hope we hit the ground running.

Predicted lineup - Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette.

Predicted scoreline - 3-0 to The Arsenal.