Arsenal v Sunderland LIVE commentary and team news: Black Cats eye Carabao Cup shock in quarter-final after ‘big guns’ dig from boss Lee Johnson

    Sunderland, the lowest ranked side left in the Carabao Cup, travel to in-form Arsenal on Tuesday night for their quarter-final clash.

    Lee Johnson’s Black Cats are currently third in League One and are the only lower league team left in this season’s tournament.

    Lee Johnson’s Sunderland take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals

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    Lee Johnson’s Sunderland take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals

    They beat Queens Park Rangers on penalties in the last round and will now take on Arsenal for a place in the final four.

    Mikel Arteta’s Gunners smashed Leeds over the weekend and have improved greatly in recent weeks.

    The north Londoners, who last won the League Cup in 1993, also saw off Leeds in the fourth round.

    Arsenal v Sunderland: talkSPORT commentary

    The Carabao Cup tie is set to take place on Tuesday, December 21 at the Emirates and kick-off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

    The match will be live on talkSPORT with our coverage starting at 7pm.

    Adrian Durham will be your host while commentary will be provided by Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Danny Mills.

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    Arsenal saw off Leeds in the last round of the Carabao Cup

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    Arsenal saw off Leeds in the last round of the Carabao Cup

    Arsenal v Sunderland: Team news

    Arsenal have named the same starting lineup for four consecutive Premier League matches meaning Arteta will likely make changes this week.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains absent due to disciplinary reasons while Pablo Mari and Albert Sambi Lokonga have recently tested positive for Covid.

    The likes of Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles should start.

    Sunderland are expected to bring 5,000 fans to London but will be without a number of players.

    Leon Dajaku is out and joins Dennis Cirkin, Corry Evans, Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady on the sidelines.

    Lynden Gooch is fit to play following a groin problem.

    Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been better in recent weeks

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    Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been better in recent weeks

    Arsenal v Sunderland: What has been said?

    Sunderland boss Lee Johnson aimed a dig at Arsenal and Tottenham before th Carabao Cup quarter-final draw was made.

    Johnson poked fun at the North London clubs, claiming the real ‘big guns’ would await the Black Cats in the semis.

    He joked: “I’d love to have Arsenal away or Tottenham away if not that.

    “And then we’ll wait for the really big guns when it’s two legs.”

    Arsenal fans quickly picked up on the comment and responded with typical fury on social media.

    Carabao Cup quarter-final fixtures

    TUESDAY 21st DECEMBER

    • Arsenal v Sunderland – 19:45 – talkSPORT

    WEDNESDAY 22nd DECEMBER

    • Liverpool v Leicester – 19:45 – talkSPORT
    • Tottenham v West Ham – 19:45 – talkSPORT 2
    • Brentford v Chelsea – 19:45 – talkSPORT APP

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