Other than picking the ball out of the net, had little to do. Made stops when it mattered though.
Assured performance that won't grab any headlines. Solid and dependable, yet missed a guilt edged chance that would have fired his team back into the game.
Ashley Young’s vibrancy somewhat thwarted the full-backs usual tendency to raid down the right flank. Looked sound defensively but shame he could not have got forward more than he did.
Went walkabout for the first goal and seemed bewildered throughout by the constant interchange between the visitors’ front three - his replacement at half time was not a surprise.
Offered composure at the back, in vivid contrast to Squillaci. To his credit, didn’t look as if he had been out of action for so long.
Pulled the strings in the middle, with anything Arsenal offered coming forward being almost exclusively initiated by the England man.
Provided the muscle in the Arsenal midfield three and created a decent platform that allowed Ramsay and Wilshere to play. Moved to centre-half after the interval and was rarely troubled.
Grew in stature as they game progressed, looking equally impressive going back and forward.
R. van Persie
Was nowhere near his clinical best and missed a selection of chances that he would usually gobble up. Not his day, despite scoring late on.
All Arsenal’s best moves came down the right, which is testament to the effectiveness of the winger. Perhaps could have done better in terms of his end product but at least was lively throughout.
Anonymous throughout, it would be fair to say that it never really looked as if the Russian was up for it. Produced a string of fluffed passes that characterised his teams' display.
Faced a constant barrage of Arsenal attack, yet commanded his box excellently.
Steady job in at right back, that was made a great deal easier by Andrey Arshavin's ineffectiveness.
A big performance from the strapping centre half, who did well to keep the opposition attack at bay.
Had plenty on his plate dealing with Walcott, but did admirably. Offered little going forwards but I doubt that was an integral part of his game plan anyway.
A commanding performance at the back and dealt with the fluidity of Arsenal's attack well.
Came into the game in spells and was never really at the hub of any of his team’s attacking endeavour. A quiet one really.
Was bustling in the middle of the park without really offering too much quality on the ball. Became over-ran after Arsenal began to establish a flow.
Innovative throughout and was a handful for the Gunners’ defence all game with his constant probing.
An anonymous performance, where he wasn't afforded any opportunity to get on the ball and knock it around. The game passed him by.
Couldn't do much to quell Arsenal's relentless waves forward and was eventually overwhelmed by it all.
Quiet all game, other than proving the decisive character when it really mattered. Fantastic finishing and his coolness in the box was the primary difference between the two sides.
- 13 J. Lehmann
- 27 E. Eboué
- 48 Miquel
- 15 Denílson
Came on at half time for Squillaci as Wenger went on the offensive, though he offered very little to a listless attack.
Provided an assist for the goal after coming on as a late sub could there was little he could do to the turn the game his side's way.