By Rob Kelly
Kieran Gibbs believes Sunday's FA Cup third-round clash at Swansea is one of Arsenal's biggest games of the season so far.
Michael Laudrup's side have attracted a host of plaudits this term for their attractive style of play, and they beat the Gunners 2-0 at Emirates Stadium last month.
Gibbs accepts it will be a major challenge to win at the Liberty Stadium, but is confident the team can kick off their cup campaign in style.
"It would be great to get a trophy, of course. We go to Swansea like it's one of our biggest games of the season," the full back said.
"We need to go there and realise that this is another opportunity to get a trophy and we want to go there and win.
"Obviously we're out of one cup now so we need to make sure that we're fully focused on Sunday and realise that we have a chance to put a trophy in the cabinet."
After struggling with injuries earlier in his career, Gibbs is enjoying a fine season so far and was delighted to sign a contract extension last month.
"I've always been committed to the club ever since I was given my chance by the boss," he said. "I wanted to show him how dedicated I am. I hope that over the last few months I've done that.
"I'm happy with the first half of the season. I've been able to get in a good number of games and this is the closest I've had to a full season. Hopefully I can keep that going for the rest of the season and keep myself fit and strong.
"It's been important to get some momentum. It's what I've wanted to do for so long now and I'm happy just to be fit, playing and getting games."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 2 Jan 2013