Manuel Almunia (7): The Spaniard shot stopper didn’t have much to do in terms of saves but had to command his area well. Decision to come out for Lescott’s header which was cleared off the line could have been costly.
Alex Song (6): Started the first half at right back and was beaten a couple of time by Stephen Pienaar and the South African’s cross for the Everton goal came from the right side. Was more steady at centre back on the second half.
Kolo Toure (6): Was skipper for the day and put in an energetic performance before he was taken off at half time. Tried to lead his side by example and create a fight back but would have been unhappy at was in front of him the first period.
Mikael Silvestre (6): The Frenchman made his Arsenal debut but was given a hard time early on. Some questionable positional play in the first half but he is lacking a bit of match sharpness.
Gael Clichy (7): Showed desire and urgency to try and force an equaliser. Strong in the tackle and made some surging runs. Booked for overreacting at a Hibbert challenge.
Emmanuel Eboue (6): Drifted towards the centre early on but didn’t test Leighton Baines as much as he should with his direct running and crossing ability. Untested at right back in the second half.
Cesc Fabregas (7): Not his best game as he misplaced more than a few passes than he is known for. However the Spaniard kept Arsenal ticking and never gave up.
Denilson (6): The Brazilian didn’t do much wrong as he tried to allow Fabregas to play but staying back and made some good tackles. Would like to see an increased presence around the Arsenal box.
Samir Nasri (8)* Star Man: Scored the first goal and was involved in the best of Arsenal’s attacks. Never gave up na dhad willingness to track back and go into crucial tackles.
Robin Van Persie (7): Wasted four good chances but took his goal very well. Linked up well with the midfield and made some good movements to get behind the defence.
Emmanuel Adebayor (6): Worked hard but was wasteful in possession. Misplaced passes and dribbled the ball into defenders. His understanding of the offside trap needs to be worked on.
Theo Walcott (8): Came on and stretched the game with his pace and ability to get behind Baines. Took his goal well and was a constant and much needed threat.
Abou Diaby (7): (on for Nasri 83) His fresh legs allowed Arsenal to put the game beyond doubt as he combined to set up the third goal.
Arsenal Performance Rating: 3/5– Did well to get back from a goal down and played some nice football in the process but this was a team who had let in 15 goals before the match. The Gunners will be disappointed to go a goal down once again this season.
Everton: Howard (6), Hibbert (6) (Vaughan 5), Jagielka (7), Lescott (6), Baines (6), Arteta (5), Osman (7), Rodwell (6), Fellaini (6) (Saha 5), Pienaar (7), Yakubu (6) (Neville 5)
Subs: Nash, Nuno Valente, Gosling, Wallace.
Booked: Lescott, Hibbert, Pienaar, Osman.