A very lonely and quiet afternoon for the keeper who saw little action throughout.
Was rarely troubled throughout given the way in which Saha was fully isolated up top and though the presence of Fellaini gave him food for thought late on, he stood up to the rest.
Was never really tested and used that opportunity to carry the ball into the middle of the field to good effect.
Slotted in well as a makeshift left back and dealt comfortably with anything Everton had to offer down his side.
Offered a minimal amount going forward, which was a bit of a disappointment given the lack of threat posed by Everton throughout. Nevertheless, was more than sound defensively.
All action display that saw him defend and attack well in equal measure. Is looking increasingly effective alongside Arteta and Song
At the hub of things, largely acting as the enforcer though not looking the slightest bit out of place when advancing through the midfield. His assist - a delightful lofted pass - finally broke down Everton
Showed what Everton were missing in a display that saw him largely control the tempo, utilising a wide range of effective passing
Made a nuisance of himself though still lacking that predatory touch that would make him an invaluable asset to his side
R. van Persie
Fluid display that saw him rotate effortlessly with his two widemen and yet again moved the match winner with an emphatic strike that rifled in off the post.
A constant threat though needs to be both more selfish and ruthless. Had chances that he should have scored but credit to him, he was causing Leighton Baines all manner of difficulties
Made a series of saves to deny the hosts though was absolutely nothing he could have done to deny Van Persie.
Fantastic backpost recovery against Gervinho in the first half stopped Arsenal running away with the game. The Ivorian had the upper hand early on but as the game wore on Hibbert negated his threat.
Did what he could to deal with the constant menace of Arsenal’s attacking three, though will rightly be livid at his midfield for the ease with which Arsenal tore through.
Stood firm to the kaleidoscope of Arsenal movement in front of him and no one could begrudge him the clean sheet should it have come his way.
Largely charged with tracking back, never getting the opportunity to test out the stability of the Gunners new look back four. Not a day for the scrapbook.
Walcott’s desire to stand off his shoulder at every given opportunity caused the left no end of difficulty and even when he got the chance to burst forward, the Arsenal winger was always there to snuff out any trouble.
Robbed in position a disconcerting amount of times and offered little by way of craft or invention
Over-ran time and time again by an Arsenal middle three that was infinitely more durable. Began to look his age.
Bit of trickery was one of few quality points for team in first half though otherwise he faded into absolutely anonymity.
Had minimal effect on the afternoon's proceedings despite showing a lot of endeavour. Not really one to remember.
Plowed a lonely furrow up top and would surely have been glad to be replaced late on in the day
- 1 J. Mucha
Brought on to shut up shop though soon after his introduction Arsenal broke the deadlock.
- 20 R. Barkley
- 11 D. Stracqualursi
Had little time to effect proceedings
- 27 A. Vellios
Almost stole the show with an emphatic late finish, though his volley flashed just wide