Punched convincingly and commanded his box reasonably well. No fingers could be pointed at the error-prone Pole this time.
His pace got him out of trouble at times but he could not cope with Van der Vaart's cleverness and speed of thought when the Dutchman moved to the right flank after the break.
Was at fault for Spurs' first goal, which opened the floodgates for the stunning comeback. Needed to show greater fight and drive.
Showed Bale he would not be given an easy ride early on with some strong challenges in a display full of feistiness and commitment. The best of an average back four.
Back from suspension, the centre-half showed signs of vulnerability even before Spurs' terrific second-half comeback. When Spurs really turned it on, he wilted.
Carried on where he left off in mid-week with an effective display that again demonstrated his killer instinct. Showed far more determination thant Gomes to run on to Fabregas' defence-splitting pass, brush off the goalkeeper's challenge and tap in the opener from an acute angle. Always at the heart of Arsenal's best work.
Majestic display from the conductor of the Arsenal orchestra, who was the most creative and influential player on the pitch in the first half. Stunning defence-splitting pass to set Nasri through on goal for the opener and it was his run and pass that set Arshavin through for Arsenal's second. Never gave up and few fingers can be pointed at the captain for his team's implosion even if his influence did diminish.
Preferred to Wilshere, the Brazilian was given the job of paying closest attention to Van der Vaart and managed to reduce him to pot-shots from distance in the first half. But crumbled along with the rest of his team-mates after the break.
Gave Hutton huge problems as he rose to the occasion with his trickery and pace before the break but faded late on and was subbed, which is increasingly becoming the norm.
Flitted between brilliant and useless with perplexing regularity. Toe-poked in Arsenal's second goal and his adhesive first touch was not hidden by his metrosexual neck scarf but looked sluggish and indecisive when given time to run with the ball. Replaced by Van Persie after Spurs' equaliser.
At fault for Arsenal's opener through a combination of poor decision-making and indecisiveness. Appeared to bottle the challenge when Nasri was sent through one-on-one even though he initially looked the favourite to win the ball. Perhaps he was thinking of the groin injury he received earlier on in the season in a similar situation against Young Boys but it set the tone for a terrible first half defensive display. Recovered after the break and made a fine save from Fabregas late on.
His defensive frailties were exposed by the trickery of Arshavin although it did not help that he was given no assistance by Lennon before the break. His romps down the right flank were always a threat.
Did not get tight enough to Nasri for the opening goal and ws sloppy in possesion but held on well and was not upset by Walcott's pace late on.
Given the captain's armband on his old stomping ground, the Frenchman was snubbed by Nasri pre-match and his every touch was received with deafening boos. There was an air of desperation to some of his challenges but his commitment was never in doubt and he was a tower of strength as Arsenal threw everything at Spurs in the last 20 minutes.
Positionally, he was all over the place at times but his aggression and power were crucial in both penaly areas. Nearly scored with a free header in the first half and then did what he had been threatening to do all afternoon by flicking in the winner with a well directed header.
It is becoming increasingly clear. When the little maestro is good, Spurs are good. When he is quiet, as he was in the first half, they can be very bad. His intelligent promptings were at the heart of the stunning second-half turnaround.
Initially on the receiving end of some rough treatment from Sagna as Spurs tried to set him free at every opportunity. But became gradually more influential as the game wore on and his outside-of-the-boot finish was impeccably assured. His energy and commitment was integral to his team's comeback.
R. van der Vaart
Did not look totally fit and at times was more noticeable for his passion and feistiness than his game-breaking qualities. But he was at the heart of all Spurs' best moves and played a crucial role in the first two goals. The Dutchman teed up Bale for the first and won and then emphatically converted the penalty. You can see why they love him down the Lane.
Hauled off at half-time following an anonymous performance in his first game back after missing three matches through injury.
Got to grips with the game and the occasion following an invisible first half display but did not look totally suited to the screening role in front of the back four.
Looked more effective when partnered by Defoe after the break but one of those games when you wonder if he is good enough to lead the line for a Champions League calibre club.
- 53 W. Szczęsny
- 27 E. Eboué
- 20 J. Djourou
Reduced to pot-shots from distance.
- 19 J. Wilshere
Not given the time or space to make enough of an impact, although he did see a rasping shot scream just over the bar.
R. van Persie
Made little impact in the last half-hour, apart from his splendid set-piece deliveries.
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 19 S. Bassong
- 22 V. Ćorluka
- 5 D. Bentley
- 12 W. Palacios
Looked rusty after his long lay-off but his presence alongside Pavlyuchenko breathed new life into Spurs in the second half.
Brought on with 13 minutes to go, he won some headers and helped keep possession.