Excellent second-half display maintained Arsenal's advantage. Had nothing to do until he athletically pawed away Rooney's free-kick straight after the break and then made a series of fine saves as United increased the pressure.
Was a quasi-attacker for much of the match and made some strong overlaps on the right but his crossing was abysmal and rarely found a team-mate. Nearly opened the scoring with a long-range left foot shot.
Handled the combined threat of Nani and Valencia superbly, who got little change out of his flank. Will do his contract talks no harm.
A slight desperate edge to his defending but threw himself into the task with aplomb, made some crucial interceptions and even made a couple of adventurous forward runs.
Distinguished himself with a near-faultless display before Arsenal's mysterious injury curse struck again, and he hobbled off midway through the second half.
Had some excellent dribbles in the opening 20 minutes and seemed hell-bent on giving the home crowd something to savor before suffering a hamstring injury that ended his participation at half-time.
The most influential midfielder on the pitch. Carried the ball forward well, made a string of astute passes and hungrily threw himself into the task of winning the central battle.
With a leather-jacketed Fabregas out injured and watching from the stands, Ramsey was given an audition in the playmaker role. Much of the game passed him by and his touch was frequently too heavy before he stole into the box and clinically side-footed the opener.
Occasionally sloppy in possession but a font of industry and stood up well to the task of shackling Carrick and co.
R. van Persie
Lucky not to receive a yellow for his incessant barracking of the officials following the penalty that wasn't before showing the more attractive side of his game with a lively second-half display. Set up Ramsey's goal with some excellent footwork and a neat low cross.
On fire in the opening quarter of an hour, when he had space to run at Evra and open up United's defense. Faded after the break and was subbed late on.
E. van der Sar
Apart from one poor kick, did little wrong.
Did not get tight enough to Walcott in the opening 20 minutes but, aided by Park, responded to his manager's instructions and kept the wide man on a tighter leash.
Fortunate not to concede a penalty - and stay on the pitch - when the linesman failed to spot him handball a first-half Walcott cross in the box.
Resolute display by United's outstanding defender of the season. Made some crucial interceptions, with head and foot.
Another impressive display from the youngster in dealing with Arsenal, but could have been in real trouble after fouling Arshavin.
Energetically doubled up on Walcott before being switched into central midfield following Anderson's substitution and immediately failed to track Ramsey's run for the opening goal.
Struggled to break out of the Clichy-imposed shackles.
Struggled to get a grip of the midfield and his hit-and-miss passing offered little to United's in-form attackers. Subbed after an hour.
Solid in the middle, nothing spectacular and nothing close to his Champions League form.
Not the best day for the Mexican. Not much service to help him out either.
The game passed him by in the first half, when his only real contribution was to get a booking for hauling down Wilshere.
- 13 J. Lehmann
- 18 S. Squillaci
- 28 K. Gibbs
Shored up Arsenal's right flank after replacing Walcott for the last 12 minutes.
Always a threat on the counter-attack in the second half but did not always choose the right option and his crossing was patchy.
- 52 N. Bendtner
- 29 M. Chamakh