When it seemed Arsenal could be heading for another Cup embarrassment, up stepped Jack Wilshere to save the day.
A fourth-round FA Cup tie at Brighton may seem scant reward for 86 minutes of toil and increasing frustration at the Emirates, but how Arsenal needed this precious win.
Wilshere was sensational. Arsenal’s No 10 played as a No 10, pushed forward behind Olivier Giroud with Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby left to anchor the midfield in the absence of Mikel Arteta, who will miss at least three weeks with a calf strain.
Wilshere seemed to thrive in the role and enjoy the responsibility, surging forward with his low centre of gravity allowing him to cut through Swansea with an effortless balance of style and power.
He ran the show, capping a superb performance with the winning goal when he drove the ball past Michel Vorm after a pass from Giroud.