His punching was about as convincing as a Carry On front man but dealt with the little that came his way well enough.
Had one header tipped over by Green and was strong enough to deal with the strength of Piquionne on a relatively comfortable afternoon for the back five.
Far less adventurous than his fellow full-back Sagna but solid enough and his chipped cross teed up the late, late winner.
Excellent all-round display by the right-back, who has looked back to his best form in recent weeks. Made some superb charges down the right flank and delivered some really tasty crosses.
Recalled in place of Djourou, the French centre-back produced a calm and unfussy display.
Started like he meant business with some charging runs early on but, as has become his wont, faded as the game wore on. Replaced by Bendtner with 10 minutes left.
Quiet display by the Brazilian, who kept the midfield ticking over without adding the necessary pizzazz before he was substituted for Walcott with 23 minutes remaining.
Arsenal's new dead-ball specialist sent one long-range free-kick crashing against the crossbar but was generally on the periphery until he was pushed into central midfield when Walcott replaced Denilson.
No beard, no quiff and no redemption for the penalty miss against Manchester City. Should have done better with a great first-half opportunity but produced the most majestic, defence-splitting pass you will ever see for Walcott, who side-footed the chance against the post. No one tried more than the skipper to force the winner.
Frustrating afternoon for the lone frontman, who brought his team-mates into play convincgly enough but lacked the acceleration or imagination to conjure a goal.
Made a string of mighty fine reflex saves, including one world-class parry from a Song drive, in a display that made you realise just why he started the World Cup as England No1.
Revitalised after career-threatening injuries, a run of games is beginning to bear fruit and showed glimpses of the form that made him an integral part of Alan Pardew's team.
Manuel da Costa
The French born-and-bred 24-year-old, who has committed himself to Portugal, produced as assured and classy a centre-back display as you are likely to see at Emirates this season. Developing into a blue-chip defender.
Booked for a malicious rather than nasty high tackle on Sagna, the left-back had a difficult afternoon trying to subdue the marauding Frenchman although he would have been thankful that Nasri pushed inside as often as he did.
The Danish right-back had one of the toughest assignments of the afternoon, trying to subdue a lively Arshavin. But settled into his role solidly and was level on points with the Russian by the end of the afternoon.
Were it now for his highlightec locks, he would barely have been noticed. Anonymous to the point of invisible and substituted late on.
Re-classified as a central midfielder in Grant's 4-1-4-1 formation and buzzed around without quite exuding the menace that was, for a short time, his signature.
Ultra-committed display by the holding midfielder, who made some timely interceptions and kept his team ticking over, albeit in unimaginative fashion. Sailed close to the wind on a few occasions with some mis-timed tackles but prepared to put his body on the line and took one fearful blow on the head from a Fabregas howitzer.
A real live-wire breaking forward from midfield and displayed the sumptuous technique that has made him a firm favourite in east London. The most creative and threatening player in blue-and-white.
Ponderous, slow and largely unaware of the movement of his team-mates but just enough of a physical presence to keep Arsenal's centre-backs honest. Carlton Cole must be in ghastly form to be shunted out by the big Frenchman. Replaced by the England international with 17 minutes left.
- 53 W. Szczęsny
Brought on for Chamakh in injury time.
- 20 J. Djourou
- 7 T. Rosický
So unlucky not to conjure the opener for Arsenal after he took Fabregas' pass into his stride and sent a side-footed finish crashing against the post and back into the grateful arms of Green. Also came close with a deflected left-footed shot late on.
- 11 C. Vela
Provided a menacing penalty box presence late on.