Arsenal vs Sunderland LIVE! Carabao Cup

    Mikel Arteta’s side are in action for the final time before Christmas as they face Sunderland for place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

    Arsenal go into the match full of confidence, after putting an end to a disappointing run of form by winning their last three matches. Wins over Southampton, West Ham and Leeds have got the Gunners’ season back on track and taken them up into the top four.

    With tonight’s match coming in the middle of a hectic schedule for Arsenal, who unlike many top-flight teams have not had any matches postponed after so far avoiding a serious Covid outbreak, Arteta is expected to rotate the team.

    Sunderland have had a generous route to the last eight, with QPR their biggest test of the cup run, and the League One side will be massive underdogs at the Emirates.

    Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

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    Prediction

    It seems a given that Mikel Arteta will rotate his side due to the festive fixture pileup.

    But with no European football this season, the Spaniard is also surely desperate to go as far as possible in this competition and as long as his side are on it they should prove too good for the League One outfit.

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    Arsenal team news

    Arsenal’s Covid outbreak has so far seen two players test positive – midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and defender Pablo Mari – so neither will be available.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not being considered for selection after being stripped of the captaincy over a disciplinary breach.

    Emile Smith Rowe seems likely to start, having scored off the bench in each of the Gunners’ last two games since returning from injury, while the likes of Nuno Tavares, Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding and Eddie Nketiah will be hoping for minutes.

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    How to watch Arsenal vs Sunderland

    TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

    Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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    Hello!

    Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage as Arsenal host Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

    Mikel Arteta’s side have won their last three matches in the Premier League so the mood is a positive one around the club at the moment. They would love to go into Christmas with a place in the last four of the Carabao Cup secured.

    League One Sunderland have nothing to lose though and will have their eye on a shock result against a potentially much-changed Arsenal team.

    We’ll have all the build-up and team news ahead of kick-off at the Emirates, which comes at 7:45pm GMT.

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