Easily beaten by Vermaelen’s early header that the American had no chance in getting a touch to. Made a couple of good saves to deny Arsenal taking a further lead in the game before the break.
Was forced to deal with Gibbs’ constant attacks down his right flank, with Drenthe frequently failing to track back, giving the veteran a hard time in quelling the Arsenal attack.
Made a cracking block to deny Arsenal taking the lead before they actually did and did well to halt their progress as they attacked relentlessly. However, was a culprit in allowing Vermaelen to rise above his fellow defenders and head the Gunners into the lead.
Didn’t have much trouble from Van Persie, but Arsenal’s constant passing of the ball kept the defender on his toes throughout and as a result the Dutchman had to tackle to the best of his ability.
Didn’t look to have the usual glut of energy the full-back is known for having. However, was one of Everton’s main threats on the break and if his crossing was more efficient, might have troubled the Arsenal defenders more.
One of the more energetic individuals for the hosts who frequently tried to get Everton on the move through the middle, but a failure to keep hold of the ball, like many, saw his counterparts take possession back too easily.
The South Africa international didn’t move with the fluency of Drenthe on the other side, but had his fair share of the ball and just needed to work a bit harder to make something happen.
Had a goal unjustifiably ruled out by the linesman for offside when the Dutchman was about five yards on. Shame, as it was a great finish and was something the Toffees had deserved as they tried to overturn the visitors’ dominance. Kept working hard though and had a couple more chances that should have tested Szczesny before being subbed.
Following on from the draw with Sunderland, the midfielder’s passing let him down on a number of occasions, handing possession over to Arsenal who often took full advantage and went on the attack. Started to get into gear in the second half, but just couldn’t do enough to make full use of his skills. Had a great chance to bring the scoreline even with an attempt on the angle, but his shot wandered wide of the goal.
The Australian left lone striker Jelavic desperate for some service into the box, but the attacker left him hanging on too many occasions. Not to say the Everton hero didn’t put in a shift, as the Australian constantly ran at the Arsenal defenders, but too many times had nowhere to go.
Would have loved some more service from Cahill, but still tried to make his own luck and never gave up the chase, but in the end was outdone by the Arsenal defence time after time.
The Gunners’ shot-stopper was the ‘keeper least in the action, as Everton failed to get the final ball into the danger zone and really test the Pole. Made a good save from an effort from Jelavic, was given little else to do.
A highly efficient display that saw the full-back keep the likes of Pienaar and Baines at bay with strong presence on the ball and strong challenges to shake the Everton attackers off possession.
The Belgian’s defending was made easy by the Everton attackers and the centre-back’s first major contribution was to score Arsenal’s opening goal, heading in from Van Persie’s corner with ease.
Had a fairly easier game than he’s used to and even had the odd run up field to get Arsenal on the counter.
Constantly rushed his flanks to take advantage of Drenthe meagre attempts to track-back and frequently got the ball into the Everton box to give the hosts a headache throughout the match.
The young Welshman didn’t help his early confidence after blazing over Van Persie’s simple lay-off onto the penalty spot, the midfielder inexplicably hitting the ball over when getting it on target would have been easier. Recovered to keep the fight in the Everton third, but offered little for Van Persie to work with.
Back at Goodison for the first time since August and bossed the midfield with Song, getting the ball back and getting the Arsenal attackers on the go with fluent football through the middle of the park.
Ruled the midfield battle along with Arteta, passing through the channels and winning the ball back in the middle, sometimes effortlessly.
Not the most influential performance from the attacker, although kept the ball moving as Arsenal advanced, his passing left a little to be desired.
R. van Persie
Set up Ramsey for what should have been Arsenal’s opener, with a slick pass onto the penalty spot for the Welshman who somehow managed to hit it over without pressure. However, the striker fashioned the actually opening goal from the corner flag, whipping in the ball for Vermaelen to head past Howard. Did little else but miss great chances for the rest of the game, not we're used to from the man of the moment.
Another Arsenal man who didn’t have the best of games after having little to do on the ball and didn’t give Van Persie any service from the wings.