Beaten at his near-post by Ben Arfa's sweetly struck goal early on. Had the cigar out for the second half.
Provided excellent support for Walcott down the right flank and completely negated the notable threat of Gutierrez.
Enhanced his ever growing reputation by minimizing the danger of Demba Ba and smartly dealing with any danger, although he was booked for an overzealous challenge on the striker.
Surged forward with purpose and poise but his defensive positioning was questionable and the left back was easily outsmarted by Ben Arfa for Newcastle's goal.
Epically won the match for Arsenal four minutes into added time after making a brilliant run from the back. Defended solidly, if a little ungainly at times.
Showed no ill effects from the head injury that forced him off the field at Liverpool nine days ago. His sensible distribution enabled Arsenal to dominate.
With a new contract signed and sealed, the Czech continued his rebirth with a dynamic display. His pass to Walcott was instrumental in Arsenal's first goal, he tracked back with barely concealed zeal to help stem counterattacks and twice nearly put his team 2-1 up. But it was the Czech's hunger and technical excellence that really stood out. Subbed with 15 minutes left.
His power and energy helped Arsenal dominate the midfield, and the Cameroon international demonstrated his growing influence by launching the attack that led to his team's winning goal.
Had the occasional bright moment in a quieti-sh first half but was far more influential after the break and nearly brought the house down by teeing up a volley for himself from outside the box that fizzed over the bar. Subbed with 22 minutes left.
There will probably still be scorch marks on the turf in the morning given the number of times Walcott left Newcastle defenders trailing in his wake. Set up Van Persie for the opener on an evening when his crossing matched his running.
R. van Persie
Fizzed with menace and added to his catalog of wonderfully conceived goals with an emphatic equalizer, his 26th league strike of the season. Missed five other good chances, drawing four smart saves from Krul and once misjudging a Walcott cross.
Jeered by the home fans for most of the evening after a first-half spat with Van Persie that continued until the final whistle but did not let it get to him. Made a series of smart second-half saves, saving his best for last when he athletically pawed away van Persie's late header.
Spent the first half caught in a Walcott tornado and was hauled off at the break, for the second game in a row.
Maintained his amazing run of goal-line clearances with his sixth of the season - twice more than any other Premier League player - to prevent Arsenal going 2-1 shortly before the break. Also deserves credit for keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain relatively quiet.
Suffered the fate of many before him by being turned inside out by Van Persie for the Dutchman's equalizing goal. But generally read the game well and made some smart interceptions, including some excellent second half headed clearances.
Stood tall in the face of Arsenal's relentless attacks, as his curly mop was first to dozens of balls aimed into the Newcastle box.
Deserved credit for energetically doubling up on the dangerman Walcott but offered little going forward.
Occasionally stamped his class on the game with some fine passes but was not as influential as he can be.
Newcastle's midfield rottweiler snapped away at the heels of Arsenal's ball players before limping off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury 10 minutes from the end.
H. Ben Arfa
In the tale of the No.10s, the Frenchman did not pale in comparison to Van Persie. Justified his recall with an exquisite solo goal and a classy display on the right flank.
Diligently ploughed a lone furrow up front and won many headers, but unable to hold on to the ball long enough for his team-mates to surge forward in support.
Struggled to gain a foothold in the game in a deep-lying striker role and hauled off after a disappointing hour.
- 35 R. Elliot
Had a far more convincing 45 minutes against fellow No14 Walcott than Santon.
Helped Newcastle close down the game late on.
- 15 D. Gosling
- 29 H. Vučkič
The targetman helped Newcastle keep possession and ease the pressure on his teammates.
- 9 P. Cissé