Swansea City's Ben Davies plans to snuff out Wales colleague
THERE are times when Ben Davies keeps fingers crossed that Aaron Ramsey can start fires going forward.
This evening, however, Davies will emerge at the Liberty intent on snuffing Ramsey out.
Davies's Welsh international colleague is, as his team-mates might put it, 'on flames' right now.
Ramsey has seven goals in eight Arsenal appearances so far this season.
That is a remarkable return for a midfielder, particularly one whose record before this campaign was 14 strikes in 185 club games.
Ramsey has also netted once for Wales this term, when he was playing alongside Davies in Macedonia.
They will line up on opposite sides today, however, and Davies is well aware of the need for Swansea City to keep his pal quiet.
"Aaron's looking back to his best," the Swansea left-back says.
"Everyone has seen how good he has been this season.
"Us Welsh boys have never had any doubts that he was the player he is showing he is right now.
"We're pretty confident as a Welsh camp that he can produce that form for us. If he can keep it going for Arsenal then there's no reason why he won't.
"He's a massive player for Wales. He brings a lot to our games. He'll be a big player for us if he can show the form he has shown for Arsenal.
"But from a Swansea perspective, it wouldn't be too bad if he had a bit of a sloppy game this weekend, and then he can get back firing for Wales."
Ramsey has been a revelation for Arsenal this season, with even Arsene Wenger confessing to surprise over the 22-year-old's impact.
But the Cardiff City product is not the only player Michael Laudrup's team must watch if they are to stretch their unbeaten league run to four games.
The likes of Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla are injured, but there are numerous Arsenal threats nonetheless.
Olivier Giroud is maturing into an impressive Premier League forward, while Jack Wilshere tormented Swansea in the FA Cup replay at the Emirates last season.
And then there is Mesut Ozil, the brilliant German playmaker who became the second most expensive Premier League signing when he arrived from Real Madrid on deadline day.
Already Ozil has contributed to Arsenal's fine start to the season, with a run of four successive league wins taking Wenger's side to the top of the table.
"Arsenal have looked great and it will be a tough game for us — they are a top club," Davies adds.
"The games don't seem to be getting any easier for us right now, but these are the teams you are in this league to play.
"We'll be ready for Arsenal and I'm sure our minds will be right on the game.
"It would be nice to get our first win in the league at the Liberty. The first three home games haven't been the easiest to start with, but we'll be going into this game looking for three points.
"If we put in a decent performance against Arsenal then I don't see any reason why we can't do that."