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The Week That Was: A Load More Arsenal Buildup, Plus Even More!


Another week, another The Week That Was. You guys know the drill by now, before heading to the match or the pub why not give our a rundown of this week's topics a once over?

  • Preview: It's the best preview in town - packed with team news, betting tips, a classic encounter and a bit of AC/DC to pump you up for the game. Don't believe me? CLICK HERE
  • Fan Focus: Dan caught up with Sam Drew of The Chronicles of Almunia acclaim, before his plumbing caught up with our man in France. So David Boyle took this article the rest of the way, in noble fashion. Sam gives us the view from the other side of the fence. CLICK HERE
  • Podcast: The half-century is rapidly approaching so something special will have to come of that, but for the meantime we're doing what we do best, or even worst. No animals were harmed in the production of this podcast. CICK HERE
  • Cult Heroes: I borrowed this feature this week, and went with Bobby Kerr. As the last captain to lift the FA Cup in our name it's a little surprising he'd gone this far without a Roker Report profiling. So hopefully I've done him justice. CLICK HERE

But that's not it. Without wanting to sound too much like Craig David, here's a look at what else glossed these pages this week...

Monday, Chrissy talked tactics as Arsenal became the first team to beat Martin O'Neill's Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. That has such a wonderful ring to it that I doubt it'll ever get dull. Anyways, for plenty of observations backed up by drawings click here to read Talking Tactics.

Later that day, the Roker Ramble would contrive to tell us that England could too have their manager incorporate its name, as Marty has done with Sunderland. Fear not, it's not our gaffer being talked up for England; it is of course Harry Redknapp.

Click here for this week's Roker Ramble

On Tuesday, Michael Graham went for a leisurely spot of fishing and reeled the comments in. But he did so in an effort to ensure that Steve Bruce's time on Wearside is given a fair reflection.

Click here to read Captain's Blog

Later that day, Dan came out to play. With rhymes to behold, so do as you're told (and click the link). No? Meh, that's why he does them.

Click here to read Roker Rhymes

On Wednesday, the boss caught up with Emerson Thome and in all fairness he summed it up with the title: "beating Newcastle is a fantastic feeling." The rest of it, however, is also insightful and the Brazilian defender looks back at his time here with fondness.

Click here to read our interview with Emerson Thome

Top Ten came rolling into town much like Martin O'Neill. Warm, friendly, and more than a sprinkling of quality. This week we rate the goals that have been scored since the new man took charge - it's quite a selection!

Click here to read Top Ten: Goals of the Martin O'Neill Era...So Far

Just in case you forgot about last week's defeat to the Gunners in the league, or need to check something from the game, we did a match report.

Click here to read the Arsenal (H) - league game - match report

To round the week off we had ourselves a little competition. Well, the FA did, but we invited all to take part. Seeing as the prize is a pair of FA Cup final tickets it was rather nice of us to do so.

Click here to read about the FA's competition to win two FA Cup final tickets

And that pretty much sums us up, this week. So get behind the Lads this evening and then get back behind your computer screens to see what we have in store for you next week!

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