After what’s felt like the longest wait, it’s finally here, Swansea vs Arsenal. Normally this fixture doesn’t bring too much excitement as we usually know what to expect, that being an Arsenal win and Aaron Ramsey getting booed but tonight is different.
After letting Alexis Sanchez go to Manchester United over a week ago and receiving Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return we are yet to see the Armenian make his Arsenal debut.
We have played since his signing, the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, however, having already played in the competition for United, he was ineligible for the game.
Now though, there is nothing to stop us seeing our new signing in action at the Liberty Stadium tonight which should excite all Arsenal fans.
Mkhitaryan has already made a trip down to South Wales this season as he helped Manchester United to a 4-0 win with a couple of assists. Something which may help take some pressure off the shoulders of Mesut Ozil.
Also looking to make a return to the pitch is Olivier Giroud, who Arsene Wenger said should make the squad in his Friday press conference.
However, despite the usual proceedings of us beating Swansea (four of the last five meetings) and even with the Swans sitting bottom of the Premier League, they still shouldn’t be underestimated.
Last time out in the league they stunned everyone by beating a Liverpool side who were coming into the game off the back of beating the runaway leaders in Manchester City.
With that in mind and the fact that earlier in the season, we really had to work for our home win against Swansea after they went ahead, this might not be as easy as we thought.
Saying that though, we look to have begun to turn a corner after that dismal Christmas period.
Since the whole Sanchez situation has more or less been done we’ve beaten Crystal Palace 4-1 and pipped Chelsea to a League Cup final by coming from behind to win 2-1.
Both these wins, however, did come at the Emirates and as we know all too well, our away form this season has been shocking. Only picking up three away wins this season.
But hopefully, with the inclusion of Mkhitaryan and others finding their feet again in what will probably be the 4-3-3 formation again, tonight does look pretty promising.