Swansea City's Leon Britton: It was the best we've ever played
SWANSEA City head to Arsenal tomorrow with Leon Britton insisting they have hit new heights in the Premier League.
Britton reckons Swansea produced their best football since returning to the top flight when they beat West Brom on Wednesday.
Swansea were at the peak of their powers during the first half, slicing the Baggies apart with slick interplay as they raced into a three-goal lead.
Britton rates that opening period as Swansea's standout Premier League performance, topping last season's 3-0 demolition of Fulham and the string of landmark wins they recorded against top-tier heavyweights.
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"Fulham was a complete performance, but in terms of 45 minutes, I think West Brom was the best we've played," said the midfielder.
"We were knocking the ball about so well, always attacking, and we looked like we could score more.
"Everything was going for us in the first half.
"We'd love to play like that for 90 minutes, but it's tough to keep that standard up."
Swansea experimented with a new frontline against the Baggies, with Wayne Routledge adopting a central role behind line-leader Michu.
Fellow wingers Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez started on either flank, and the trio's inclusion seemed to give Swansea another attacking dimension.
Michu turned in Hernandez's pull-back to put Swansea ahead after the former Valencia man had been found by Dyer.
Routledge then struck twice before the interval, converting another Hernandez cross and then one from Ben Davies.
"Wayne was brilliant. I think the front four, Michu and the three lads behind, were fantastic," said Britton.
"They moved around, interchanged, and Wayne took to that role brilliantly.
"Wayne got his two goals, but all three of them were a constant threat for us, then Michu up front got a goal as well.
"The front four, especially in the first half, were on fire.
"There are more goals in the team and people like Wayne are benefiting." Swansea look likely to be without Hernandez in North London after the Spaniard limped off against Albion with a thigh problem.
The £5.55 million signing has blossomed over the last few weeks, so his absence would be a blow.
But there is better news regarding Danny Graham, who returned to full training yesterday having been floored by a virus since the win at Newcastle a fortnight ago.
Swansea travel to Arsenal knowing that victory would see them leapfrog their illustrious opponents.
Laudrup's men have raced to 20 points, the mark traditionally considered halfway to safety, more than a month sooner than last season.
They sit eighth in the table, just three points shy of a European place.
"It's great going to Arsenal thinking they're only one place above us," said Britton.
"To get 20 points from 14 games, it's been a good start, but there's still a long way to go.
"We can go to Arsenal with the pressure off, but we want to put a performance in and try to come away with something.
"We're not just going there to make the numbers up, thinking 'we'll get what we get'.
"We want to try to get a result there."
Swansea proved on their last away day that they are capable of going to high-profile venues and performing.
They won 2-1 in Newcastle and ran Manchester City close at the Etihad Stadium before that.
"We've shown at Manchester City and Newcastle that we can go away this season and perform at these grounds," added Britton.
"We'll go to the Emirates in high spirits and hopefully put a good performance on.
"The result at Newcastle was great for us and we're on a good run now.
"Confidence is high, but at the same time we won't get too carried away. We'll keep our feet on the ground and carry on like normal."