Made a couple of smart stops in the opening 15 minutes from Bothroyd and Wright-Phillips. Made some more good saves from shots and crosses in the second half.
Wasn't tested too much, but perhaps could have closed down Bothroyd slightly earlier for his shot early on. Got in some good tackles though before Arsenal began to dominate and made a crucial block late on.
Was lucky to escape a booking as his teammate Vermaelen was given the yellow card after he brought down Wright-Phillips. Had a volley blocked by the arm of Young, and defended well.
Was very unlucky to be booked as he didn't commit the crime. Was substituted early in the second half with what looked like an injury, but played well when on the pitch.
Made a great run and pass for Van Persie in the first half for the striker to shoot. Was booked for bringing down Barton, but defended well throughout.
Controlled a volley well from the edge of the area but was unlucky to see Barton head it off the line. Couldn't quite find the ball in behind for Walcott that he constant searched for. When he did find him with a delicious through ball, the winger squandered the effort badly.
A quiet day for the holding midfielder. He didn't really begin to exert himself on the game until the second half when he got more possession of the ball. A decent game for him.
Should have done better with an effort just before the half-hour mark, dragging his shot across the face with the goal beckoning. Had an absolute howler early in the second half as he missed a one-on-one, dragging his shot well wide.
Seemed to be having an indifferent game and it looked likely that he might be substituted before he slotted in a nice pass for Van Persie to open the scoring before he was then subbed.
R. van Persie
Came close with a header and shot within minutes of each other in the first half hour, and should have scored with a half-volley just after that. Finally found the back of the net in the 60th minute as he placed a simple shot past Cerny.
Made some good blocks in the opening 45 minutes, though was slightly suspect when blocking away a Mikel Arteta effort when he could have held it. Could do nothing about the goal.
Made some good blocks, though one of them was with his arm in the area. Put in some good crosses and did well to attack in the second half.
Dealt well against Walcott's pace as the winger looked to get in behind throughout the first half. Did well in the second before his substitution.
Had a solid game, but couldn't do much about the goal as he was caught out by Van Persie's pace. Took a shot from distance when he should have passed though as the game ebbed away.
Was turned inside out on one occasion by Van Persie but played well for much of the match, putting in some good clearing headers. Had one opportunity at the other end, but skied his volley.
Had a free role in the visitors' attack, and looked dangerous. Nearly grabbed a goal early on but his effort was well saved. Looked most likely to create a goal for the visitors.
All flash and some nice passes, but didn't really get any good moments in behind the defense. A good effort though as he looks to make his way back into the team.
Made a vital interception to head Ramsey's volley off the line and played well throughout the first half. Was chief of the theatrics as he made the most of some tackles, and was also booked, but had a good game.
Had a good chance to open the scoring but fluffed his shot. He looked classy on the ball but didn't really have much of it as Arsenal dominated.
Was kept quiet throughout the first half by Thomas Vermaelen and didn't have much to contribute in the second. A quiet game, but put in lots of effort.
Held the ball up well but was beaten easily in the air by Mertesacker. Did well to bring other players into the match before he was substituted. Had one opportunity that was saved by Szczesny.
- 1 Almunia
- 15 A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Came on at left-back and equipped himself well, though faced a tough task up against Wright-Phillips, who did get the better of him on occasion.
- 30 Y. Benayoun
Came on and kept the ball well before seeing a late effort blocked well. Decent appearance.
Came on for Arshavin and missed a sitter in front of goal. Gave some good width but not the greatest of cameos.
- 29 M. Chamakh
- 26 B. Murphy
- 3 C. Hill
Came on to replace Traore late on but Gervinho got the better of him.
- 4 S. Derry
- 22 H. Helguson
Tried to get on the ball and earn a way back into the game for the visitors, but didn't have any of the ball in his short time on the pitch.
Didn't get many opportunities on the ball as he came on towards the end and wasn't going to win many aerial duels against Mertesacker. Looked lively though.