It took 96 long minutes for the Gunners to claim the three points off Manchester United today at the Emirates. Samir Nasri hit a brace before Rafael da Silva gave Arsenal something to think about in injury time. Goal.com rates the performers...
Manuel Almunia 7.0 Had one or two jitters very early on but settled well and was a commanding shot-stopper today.
Bacary Sagna 7.0 Gave his side width in attack and provided a sure-footed asset in the backline.
Gael Clichy 7.5 Kept Ronaldo and Rooney at bay with well-timed interceptions and fine positioning; as always, injected urgency into the Gunners' front play with some excellent crossing.
William Gallas 7.5 A commanding performance from the skipper who played with his heart and his head. Berbatov barely had a touch thanks to Gallas' marshalling job.
Mikael Silvestre 6.5 A happy reunion with his former employers and did what he does best - no fuss defending. Undersold Almunia with an early backpass but calmed well.
Cesc Fabregas 6.5 His assist for Nasri's second was worth the admission price alone. Was crafty and showed guile but like his midfield colleagues, surrendered the ball all too often.
Denilson 6.0 Arsenal were a little soft at the core of midfield this afternoon as United turned possession over time and again. The Brazilian could have done more to prevent the blue march but showed some nice passing himself at times.
Abou Diaby 7.5 Mr Versatile; Diaby played as a second striker, a third midfielder and occasionally, a third central defender. Exuded calm in possession and is gathering assuredness by the day.
Samir Nasri 8.5 Made life exceedingly uncomfortable for Neville and took his pair of goals well. Deservedly, man of the match. A real 'homer' who performs to his best at the Emirates. On this showing, he would walk into any team in Europe.
Theo Walcott 5.5 Snatched at his two chances and was a little erratic. His presence limited Evra's attacking contributions however and he made an exquisite dummy-run for Nasri's second half goal.
Nicklas Bendtner 5.0 Not the lone front man that Wenger needs at this moment in time. He held the ball competently at times but missed a clutch of chances and squandered vital possession twice in injury time.
Lukasz Fabianski 5.0 Launched the ball down field when Song was lying prone and ultimately, conceded. Not a glorious cameo.
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Alex Song 6.0 Provided a little bit of steel in the centre to help plug the Gunners.
Edwin van der Sar 5.5 Not the commanding presence that his experience suggests and made some questionable decisions.
Gary Neville 5.0 Unspectacular as usual but was given a tough time by Nasri in the first half. Looked jaded on his comeback from injury and was withdrawn.
Patrice Evra 6.0 The best of the United backline. Kept Walcott in check and provided an occasional cross.
Rio Ferdinand 4.5 Slow, cumbersome, suspect on the turn; this was not Rio's day.
Nemanja Vidic 5.0 Not much better than Rio but was better positionally than his partner. Should have conceded a penalty when outdone by Nasri.
Michael Carrick 6.0 Solid; Provided tidy and accurate passes in either direction but did not have a huge impact on proceedings.
Anderson 6.5 Ran the game well at the beginning but faded as time wore on.
Cristiano Ronaldo 6.0 Not a memorable game from Ronaldo, but he did little wrong. Crossed when he could have, dribbled when he should have but he did not see enough of the ball out wide. Missed one great chance.
Park Ji Sung 7.0 The energy of a Duracell bunny. Was at hand as an outlet for each and every team-mate and put some accurate passes into the box.
Wayne Rooney 5.0 Only flashes of his true self; wasted his two good chances before being replaced.
Dimitar Berbatov 6.0 As guilty as anyone in blue of missing chances and in a game of this urgency, his languid style was out of place.
Rafael da Silva 8.0 Will be an automatic starter in the immediate future. Tackles like Dunga, dribbles like Robinho and scored a goal like Adriano. Not bad for a right-back. An immense prospect.
Ryan Giggs 6.0 Did not influence the game.
Carlos Tevez 6.0 Had the ball only twice at the most and had little impact. Needs more starts to get back to his best.