Despite that distraction, the Gunners are desperate for a win in order to keep their hunt for a top-four finish on track, and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top.
However, Steve Bruce's men have won three consecutive games on home soil and are available at 7/2 (4.50) to throw a spanner in the works with a surprise victory in this one.
There have been no draws in any of the previous six meetings between these sides, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them cancelling each other out here.
With enough teams struggling below them to most likely avoid being sucked into a relegation fight, the home side could be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on their first ever FA Cup final, which presents an opportunity to lift the first piece of major silverware in the club's history.
On the other hand, Arsene Wenger's side can afford no such distractions as they seek to clinch a top-four spot and Champions League football for a 15th consecutive season under their legendary manager.
Having come through a potentially tricky game against West Ham with maximum points despite falling behind on Tuesday, the visitors will travel to the KC Stadium reasonably confident of overcoming a potentially distracted team that have lost four and won just two of their seven home league games in 2014.
Aaron Ramsey played a starring role in December's 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture, and his impact in setting up the third goal on Tuesday will therefore have been extra pleasing for a team that have sorely missed the star of the first half of the season over the past few months.
With everything seemingly slipping into place at exactly the right time yet again for Arsenal, those 4/5 (1.80) odds are simply too good to miss on them collecting another vital three points on Sunday.
|Arsenal to win for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
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