The Week That Was: Comprehensive Arsenal Vs Sunderland Buildup

Getting ready for our trip to the Emirates today, it's The Week That Was! A recap of all the buildup on Roker Report.

Holy Moly, it feels like it's been quite some time since we did one of these doesn't it? A good few months have passed since the end of last season, but we're back once again anyway with your one-stop-shop for all your big match previewing needs, so let's just get down to it eh?

  • Preview: Our famous preview gets a new look this year. We've gone a bit more in-depth and lost some of the silliness, but it really is the place to come and get all your match preview needs. There's facts, stats, team news, profiles, key battles and more so head on over and give it a read - CLICK HERE
  • Podcast: The Podcast has still been running through the summer, or part of the summer anyway, so if you prefer your Sunderland needs to be audible, head over and give it a listen. If you like it you can even subscribe for free and get it delivered to your iTunes folder every week - CLICK HERE
  • Fan Focus: One of our favourite features - Fan Focus - is back again. For the uninitiated or new reader this is where we speak to a fan, blogger, journalist or occasionally former player from the opposition and get their views on the weekends game. To read this week's Fan Focus - CLICK HERE
  • Roker Riches: It's back! Although some of you may not remember it, but we did do it a long, long time ago. Back with David Boyle at the helm, the new look Roker Riches is the place to come for betting tips on the weekends game. Get your Arsenal fix in the first edition - CLICK HERE

That's all you need to get ready for today's big match... BUT WAIT! There's much more below that we've been doing this week, so continue reading to see what awesome stuff you missed on Roker Report...

Over the course of the week we had some season previews. Not from us, despite the fact we do this site there's folks with much heavier and better opinions than us, so much so they get paid for it. So we asked them what they thought of Sunderland's season ahead, so roll up for some opinions from...

A Love Supreme Editor, Martyn McFadden - CLICK HERE

Journalist, Author and Editor of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson - CLICK HERE

The Northern Echo Writer and Sports Editor of The Durham Times, Richard Mason - CLICK HERE

SAFC Correspondent and Writer for the Sunderland Echo, Chris Young - CLICK HERE

Author, Journalist and Podcaster, Iain Macintosh - CLICK HERE

A pretty hefty slice of opinion pie I think you'll agree. We also had a few other features, including the launch of our Fantasy Football League. You can still join too, so why not get involved? You can even beat all of us who have entered. All the details you need are here...

To join the Roker Report Fantasy Football League - CLICK HERE

There was also a regular slice of opinion from Michael Graham in his now famous - or should that be infamous? - Captain's Blog which is out nearly every Wednesday. To see what he was wittering on about this week, follow the link and have a read...

To have a read of the Captain's Blog - CLICK HERE

Over the course of the weekend we've got plenty more planned for you too. You'll have a breakdown of the Arsenal game in our match report. You'll also have Quick Kicks on Sunday for more reaction to our first game of the season.

We're not even done yet, as also on Sunday you'll have all the transfer gossip in... erm... "The Gossip" plus our first column for the Durham Times this season comes from Karl Jones.

You can keep up with all the latest Sunderland news and opinions on this very site, so be sure to head back regularly, as well as follow us on Twitter @RokerReport and like us on Facebook.com/RokerReport - We'd be very grateful.

Time to get our game faces on... HA'WAY THE LADS!

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