With an epic battling looming against Barcelona on Tuesday in the second leg of the Champions League Round-of-16 match at Nou Camp, as well as a following battle in an FA Cup quarterfinal match at Old Trafford against Manchester United on March 12, you'd probably assume Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking ahead to those matches.

But that's not the case.

Wenger is completely focused on Saturday's home game against Sunderland, and has no intention of looking past the Black Cats or expecting it to be an easy Gunners' win.

It is, until now, the biggest week in the season but if you want a big week in your life you must start well and we start with Sunderland, said Wenger in a news conference.

We will go for that game without thinking about anything else. Our focus is on Sunderland and the championship is our massive target.

Sunderland has improved immensely from last season. Currently, they are just two points behind sixth-place Liverpool.

The two teams tied 1-1 when they played in September at Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have road victories over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Sunderland is led by Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan. The 25-year-old star has scored nine goals and added four assists in 24 games.