The Black Cats are pushing for promotion, currently the third in the third-tier, and are enjoying a superb run in this competition, the sole remaining non-Premier League side.
Arsenal have won three on the bounce in the league and with no European football to contend with - not to mention a favourable draw - must surely have this competition ranked as a higher priority than in recent seasons.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Sunderland
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the game through the Sky Sports App.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.