An eerily quiet evening for Arsenal's new No1. Watched a couple of Tevez strikes fly close by but otherwise reduced to watching the game and taking a few goal-kicks.
Solid enough in defence and did not get caught out of position, but offered little going forward.
Bombed forward at every opportunity and dealt capably with, first, Jo and, then, Johnson. Sent off in stoppage time following an altercation with Zabaleta. The video evidence suggests he was the guiltier party after thrusting his head in to the Argentinian's on three occasions.
Has struggled against the highest calibre opponents in his debut season but looked composed and authoritative against Tevez and co.
Given a ringing endorsement by Wenger in the build-up to the match, he responded with a polished display, even though his positioning was occasionally awry.
Neat and tidy on the left flank without being at his incisive best. Willing to shoot from distance but did not get behind the City defence enough.
Set the tempo for a furious opening with some fabulously weighted passes and excellent runs from deep midfield. Guilty of being wasteful and overly unselfish in front of goal (do they teach that at the Arsenal academy?) and faded in the second half. Subbed with nine minutes left.
A golden link between midfield and attack in the first half with his touch, vision and poise. But even the Spaniard had ran out of ideas by the final minutes.
R. van Persie
Wenger promised that the shackles would be off for the hitherto not-so-flying Dutchman and, after a stop-start season, he looked livelier and more effective than at any time since his comeback. Hit the post from distance, had another piledriver tipped over and went close on a number of other occasions.
Faster than a speeding bullet as his searing pace proved a valuable and thrilling outlet on the right flank. Showed great purpose on the ball and hit the crossbar from a Fabregas rebound but was just offside. Slightly unfortunate to be subbed with 21 minutes to go.
In the frenetic first half, his goal lived a charmed life as Van Persie, Fabregas and Walcott all hit the woodwork but he deserved great credit for a fabulous save from Wilshere and, again, tipped over athletically from Van Persie after the break. Rarely found wanting on the big occasion.
The Arsenal old boy has become even more popular in north London after trying to deck pantomime villain Adebayor in training and showed he is still a lean, mean fighting machine on the pitch with a resilient display studded with well-timed tackles.
Fortunate not to concede a penalty when a Walcott cross crashed against his left arm, which was away from his body. Nevertheless, the centre-back was at the heart of City's defiance with some crucial interceptions and command of the back-line.
Got skinned by Walcott on a few occasions but also made some excellent challenges and just about managed to keep his head above water in a fascinating contest between youth and experience. Unlucky to be sent off in the dying minutes for an altercation with Sagna.
Did not venture forward much but held his position well and made some crucial interceptions.
Began quietly but became increasingly influential as the game wore on with his deceptively quick and tricky runs. Settled into a more defensive role in the second half, reminiscent of his Barcelona days.
N. de Jong
Outpassed but never outfought in central midfield. His bite and hunger were crucial to City holding firm for a point.
Completely overwhelmed in the midfield battle by the pace and slickness of Arsenal's passing, but stuck at his task throughout.
Went close early on with rasping drive and was given licence to bomb forward down the right flank early on before settling in to the more conservative role that has become his trademark.
Found enough space to make a nuisance of himself and was always a danger on the break. Almost opened the scoring with a powerful half-volley from a Van Basten-esque angle. Far too isolated in the second half. Subbed in stoppage time and did not throw a strop this time.
Stationed on the left side of midfield, he filled in manfully, tracking back and providing a useful focal point for goal kicks and set pieces. But Adam Johnson must be very tired or out of favour to be behind the out of position Brazilian in the pecking order. Withdrawn midway through the second half.