A lonely afternoon for the keeper, who found himself a spectator for more or less the entire game.
Aside from the goal, dealt well with Crouch and is beginning to forge an understanding with Koscielny.
An impressive afternoon from the Frenchman, who’s beginning to look more settled than he ever has in the Gunners back four.
AWOL for Stoke’s equaliser and made few quality contributions of an attacking nature.
Came in and did a job at right-back, though in truth, he was rarely threatened by Walters. Offered little going forward in the way Sagna and Jenkinson usually do.
Top man for the Gunners, working well in tandem with Song and Arteta and crafting several chances for his side.
Was the game’s enforcer in the middle of the park and provided a sturdy foundation upon which Arteta and Ramsey could go and play.
Looking increasingly at home in the middle of the park at the Emirates. Intelligent play on the ball was a constant thorn in Stoke’s side.
Flitted in and out of the game too much to make a telling contribution.
Nowhere near an adequate replacement for Van Persie and should have scored twice in the first half.
Finished well and got two assists, all in all a productive afternoon.
Will be upset not to have kept out both of Van Persie's goals.
Dealt with Arsenal’s interchanging wide men in a very assured manner and though Walcott’s pace troubled him at times, he was never completely done a number on.
Was dominant in the air as Arsenal’s sustained pressure did little to shake his authority at the back until the late capitulation
Stood up to Arsenal’s relentless possession without ever really looking too tested. Probably more an indication of the hosts’ early impotency in reality though.
Had Chamakh in his pocket all afternoon. Constant heckling had no noticeable effect on him whatsoever. A mature display that turned on its head late on.
Didn’t see as much of him as I would have liked. Pinned back in his own half for big chunks of the game.
An industrious performance though one which was minimal by way of creative input. Put in a shift before being replaced on the hour mark.
Found himself over-ran in the middle of the park with his work wholly confined to trying to quell wave after wave of Arsenal attack.
Not entirely sure he ever played. Covered the adequate amount of ground but really struggled to impose himself on the game.
The usually typical bullish performance and did well to nod the ball into Crouch’s path for the goal.
Applied the finishing touch to his side’s goal but otherwise was quiet throughout, struggling to impose himself on Mertesacker and Koscielny.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 30 R. Shotton
- 4 R. Huth
His team were looking disjointed and out of rhythm when he came on, so had little chance to effect the game.
- 40 W. Palacios
A last throw of the dice but the game was already well won by the time he got on.
Brought on as a battering ram, but Koscielny and Mertesacker continued their dominance.