The Gunners sit just four points away from a Champions League spot but as their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Liverpool are all in the hunt for European football, Arsenal can ill afford to drop any more points.
Sunderland host the Gunners on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Reading, but they've managed to avoid losses in their last two home fixtures.
Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill could hand new signing Danny Graham his first starting place, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to wait on the fitness of Theo Walcott, who was substituted with an injury during last night's 2-1 victory for England against Brazil at Wembley.
Possible starting lineups
Sunderland: Mignolet; N'Diaye, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback; Rose, Gardner, Vaughan, Johnson; Fletcher, Graham
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Diaby, Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott; Giroud
Sports Mole says: 0-2