Earned his wages this evening, making a number of saves to deny Arsenal, though most of them were reasonably comfortable.
His presence in the box caused Arsenal all sorts of headaches and he played a large part in his sides to late, decisive goals
Dominated Van Persie throughout the game with the on-song striker not getting a sniff for the entire 90 minutes
Was never fully tested defensively by Theo Walcott, with the England winger’s slightly withdrawn role allowing the full-back to bomb forward with intent.
Kept Gervinho next to silent all game and provided cover when Senderos occasionally went missing.
Quiet throughout and unable to get into positions that could hurt Arsenal.
High tempo pressing and desire to get around the park negated Arsenal’s increased numbers in midfield early on. Netted the goal that his team were searching for the whole second half.
Soon found himself over-ran in the middle as Arsenal’s passing game began to shift through the gears.
Appeared isolated for large periods of the game with his game punctuated with moments of class that illuminated his side’s attacking endeavours.
His presence up top too often attracted long hopeful balls from his team-mates when they were getting more success with measured build-up play. Not that he can be blamed for that. Ultimately had the last laugh despite being quiet most of the game
Unable to influence the game in his usual manner as Arsenal comfortably controlled the tempo of the game.
- 13 W. Szczęsny
Enjoyed a game-long tussle with Bobby Zamora and was the better off. A commanding performance at the heart of an unfamiliar back four.
Solid performance defensively and didn’t overly concern himself with joining any pushes forward.
Unlikely to score many easier goals in his career after being left totally free to nod home from six yards.
Occasionally given the run around by Bryan Ruiz but all-in-all an accomplished performance that suggests he can fill in adequately when called upon.
Was the connection between Arsenal’s front and middle three, constantly bursting beyond his counterparts with vigour.
An understated performance that saw him pull the strings from deep with minimal fuss. Would be nice to see him advance further up the pitch at times though, particularly as Song seemed keen to sit as well.
Beefed up his side’s midfield with a rangy performance that saw him shield the Arsenal rearguard. Had little by way of creative spark but did as was expected of him.
Wasteful in and around the box, again. Would not be surprised if Arsenal fans will be glad to see the winger disappear over to Africa for a spot.
A few sharp touches though was a shame not to see him constantly on Riise’s shoulder, the difference in pace between the two was evident for all to see. Most of the times he did work himself into dangerous areas his end product was often found lacking.
R. van Persie
Timely proof that an Arsenal without a fully-firing Van Persie is an Arsenal team with little attacking vitality. Could not get into the game in the slightest.