Beaten three times in the first half. Perhaps could have done better with Nasri's effort from 20 yards, but could do little about Walcott's opener. Saved well to deny Van Persie initially, but was left helpless by Dawson. Another case of sublime and ridiculous all in one game as he flapped at crosses but saved magnificently to deny Fabregas.
No match in the pace department for Walcott or Van Persie. Looked eager to score but twice failed to hit the target. Made some important blocks and tackles.
Could not catch Walcott for Arsenal's opener, but superb pass found Van der Vaart for the equaliser. Struggled with the movement of Nasri, twinned with the attacking runs of Clichy. Replaced by Kaboul and it was easy to see why.
Was kept on his toes by Walcott, who ran the lines inbetween the full-back and his central defenders expertly, causing confusion in the process. Managed to get forward more in the second half an posed a threat.
Usually solid, the centre-back allowed Van Persie two bites of the cherry as he scored Arsenal's third. Humbled by a Walcott nutmeg, but otherwise solid in the challenge, if troubled by the pace of the opposition attack.
R. van der Vaart
Timed his run perfectly to receive Corluka's pass and beat Szczesny. Was unlucky to see his dipping left-footed effort tipped wide by an excellent save by the young goalkeeper, but beat him with ease from the spot. Looked like the Van der Vaart Tottenham signed in the summer, showing wonderful skill.
Attempted to test Szczesny early, but could not hit the target. Showed trademark tidy feet to create another opening but shot straight at the Arsenal goalkeeper. Felt he should have had a penalty when he was blocked off by Djourou, but it could have been given either away. Saw an effort brilliantly saved by Szczesny from close range.
Lost possession cheaply in the build-up to Walcott's opening goal and gave the ball away on a couple of occasions early on, but redeemed himself with a rasping effort to pull Spurs back into the game.
Moved into various positions in an attempt to make an impact but had a quiet first half as he was unable to fully stretch his legs. Replaced by Lennon at half time after picking up a knock.
Won the majority of headers in the box and troubled the Arsenal defenders, but could not find the target with any real purpose in the first half. Had it not been for Szczesny he might have been on the scoresheet but his header was tipped over.
Movement and link-up play was decent enough, but made little impact as an attacking threat in the opening stages. Showed some nice touches in the second half, but was ultimately replaced by Sandro.
Little he could do about Van der Vaart's goal, but twice got the better of Gareth Bale in heavy physical encounters to stamp his authority on the game. Made an excellent save to tip Van der Vaart's second effort around his far post. Nearly caught out by a header across the box but Lennon failed to capitalise, but brought the winger down for the penalty and was beaten. Saved excellently at close range from a Modric shot, as he made crucial saves throughout.
Did well to contain Gareth Bale for the majority of the first half, but was faced with a different challenge in Lennon for the second 45.
Worried Corluka with his support of Nasri. Was booked for a challenge on Van der Vaart late in the first half. Found himself up against Kaboul regularly in the second half and was troubled far more.
Yet to forge a solid partnership with Djourou and lacked composure at times, but a decent enough display from the Frenchman despite being on the receiving end of two goals.
Nearly left embarrassed by Pavlyuchenko in the first half after the Russian beat him, but was crafty enough to block off Modric in the penalty area with minimal contact. Booked for clattering into the Croatian with a challenge early in the second half.
Showed excellent awareness and movement for his goal, coming in from the left hand side to fire past Gomes. Quieter in the second half and was replaced by Arshavin.
A quiet but composed first half, had a hand in Nasri's goal. Looked to be carrying a knock when replaced by Wilshere in the opening minutes of the second half.
Was at the centre of Arsenal's most productive play as ever, finding Walcott with a perfect through ball after just five minutes. Entered into an excellent, well-contested battle with Luka Modric.
Raced onto Fabregas' pass to beat the offside trap and slotted past Gomes with poise. Came close after beating the back four for pace again but fired wide. Nutmegged Dawson beautifully in the second half but couldn't find Fabregas with the resulting pass. Replaced by Bendtnder with less than ten minutes to play.
R. van Persie
Needed two bites of the cherry to score the third, but reacted quicker than Dawson to follow up his initial header.
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 19 S. Bassong
Came on in place of Corluka at half time. Looked more confident going forward and nullified the threat on Tottenham's right to better effect.
- 40 S. Pienaar
Came on for Pavlyuchenko. Looked compose and could have won the game but drilled straight at Szczesny.
Replaced the injured Bale for the second half. Showed a tendency to cut in from the left hand side as is expected, but saw more of the ball than Bale and looked more of a threat overall. Was clipped by Szczesny for the penalty after showing blistering pace.
- 18 J. Defoe
- 13 J. Lehmann
- 28 K. Gibbs
- 18 S. Squillaci
- 16 A. Ramsey
Replaced Diaby early on in the second half. As he grew into the game it opened up and his passing looked infinitely more threatening than Diaby's.
Came on for Nasri in the closing stages.
Replaced Walcott in the hopes of reinvigorating the Arsenal front line.