The new Edwin van der Sar? Dutch international showed why he has got the nod over Steve Harper and Fraser Forster as Newcastle's new first-choice keeper with a tidy display.
Showed why he was once tipped to play for England with a solid performance but still gets carried away with himself and needs to cut out silly mistakes to fulfill potential.
Adequate performance from the emergency right-footed left-back following Jose Enrique's departure but it was there for the taking by Arsenal but the visitors failed to take advantage.
The new Newcastle skipper might not be the quickest around but he makes up for lack of pace with smart defending and he came to rescue a couple of times with vital interceptions.
Strong in the tackle, pacy, the Manchester United old boy has all the attributes to become a first-rate right-back but should pose more of an threat on the counter attack.
Pantomime villain. There are some Arsenal fans who would like to see Arsene Wenger sign him up to replace Cesc Fabregas to add steel to the Gunners midfield but the way he tumbled in the altercation with Gervinho was embarrassing.
He was the star of the show last season thanks to his spectacular volleyed equaliser in that 4-4 draw but was strangely subdued and it even took him more than an hour to pick up his customary booking.
Promising. Premier League debutant started brightly but struggled to make an impact with his team pushed on to the back foot by more fluent opponents but to his credit he kept going.
There can be no faulting his effort because he gave it his all but he lacked the necessary support to give the Arsenal defence too much to worry about.
Showed why Newcastle should spend big to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes with a dire show that saw him hauled off at half-time.
Didn't have a huge amount to do in the match, but was commanding in the way he dealt with high balls and crosses, particularly early on in the match.
Probably the weakest of the back four today as he tries to fill the void left by Clichy. Made a few rash challenges where his inexperience showed, but was still a solid enough performer on the day.
As reliable as ever at right-back, completing his defensive duties well and attempting to provide thrust from the back going forward.
The Gunners will be delighted to have the Belgian back and will be confident of keeping more clean sheets with him at the heart of the defence. Aggressive and strong throughout.
Encouraging signs from the Frenchman, who performed strongly in the centre of defence, with one vital late headed clearance saving the Gunners from a sticky situation when they were a man down late on.
Came very close with an early long-range effort and started the game strongly as the elder statesman of the Arsenal midfield. Faded as the game went on though and was replaced by Frimpong.
Lots of nice neat and tidy touches without playing the incisive killer ball which may have been produced if Fabregas or Nasri were on the pitch. Will hope to cement his place in the side before Wilshere's return.
R. van Persie
Not at his best but still a threat on the rare occasions he received service. Narrowly missed the target with a couple of efforts but will want to be more involved in the game in the weeks ahead.
The Russian was largely anonymous on the road again and was the first Arsenal player to be substituted when Walcott came to the field to replace him.
Far and away the best player on the pitch for the opening 45 minutes, with his twists and turns tormenting Newcastle's full-backs. By the second half a lack of end product was evident though and that frustration boiled over when he foolishly raised his hands to Barton, meaning his debut ended with an early bath.
- 21 F. Forster
- 6 M. Williamson
The former Manchester United player hardly got a look in after replacing Demba Ba at half-time but then again he hardly saw the ball.
- 28 Sammy Ameobi
- 15 D. Gosling
Hardly got a look in after being on to replace Ameobi midway through the second half.
Had no time to make an impression.
- 21 Ł. Fabiański
Came on for Ramsey in stoppage time to run the clock down.
- 25 C. Jenkinson
- 15 A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Received a five-minute run out at the start of the season he will hope to stake his claim in.
- 29 M. Chamakh
Came on with half an hour to play, but despite showing his usual turn of pace, the final cross or pass was lacking, summed up when he ran a late counter-attack out of play.