A much improved performance keeps the Socceroos alive in Group B, rolling out comprehensive 3-0 winners over Palestine at Rashid Stadium.
Jamie Maclaren struck first for the Socceroos, opening his international account in the process, while Awer Mabil secured the result in the first half - the Palestinians never looked like clawing a point back from there.
Apostolos Giannou then scored a third to consolidate and leave a slightly sweeter taste in the mouth of Australian fans. As far as beating what's in front of you, the Socceroos could hardly have done a more professional job.
Mat Ryan - 6
As a typical sweeper-keeper that prides himself on his excellent distribution, Ryan's never entirely out of the game. Moved the ball well, distributed solidly, but didn't have a save to make.
Rhyan Grant - 7.5
He can know Arnie's system as well as he likes, he still has fairly large shoes to fill in Josh Risdon's absence - the Western Sydney Wanderer hasn't done a lot wrong in Socceroos colours.
Grant was one of the least involved of Australia's lineup in the first half, but performed brilliantly in the second half. His improvement lifted Australia when the Socceroos could have lulled into an impotent possession style.
Aziz Behich - 7
Showed brilliant ball control at times, proving he has the extra bit of quality that is likely to keep Alex Gersbach out of the side for the time being.
He's always a mixed bag contributing going forward, but his work-rate pays dividends.
Trent Sainsbury - 7.5
Equanimous defending is Sainsbury's trademark and he pulled it off with typical aplomb. His passing was acute and, given he'll now miss the third group match against Syria through accumulated yellow card suspension, he'll most likely be sorely missed.
His goal-scoring threat from corners, so evident in the 2015 Asian Cup, has seemingly gone missing however.
Milos Degenek - 7.5
Like Behich, capable of those flashy little moments that signal excellent quality. Also exhibited some choice forward passes and timely interceptions.
Mark Milligan - 8.5
Led by example. He single-handedly raised Australia's tempo at times in the way an excellent captain should, always appearing alert and intense in his distribution.
Appears an important midfield stalwart after Mile Jedinak's retirement, which is important given the depth of deep-lying playmaker that the Socceroos could field in his position.
Awer Mabil - 7.5
While he still suffers from a lack of experience, choosing a selfish or misdirected option at times, he exudes a level of talent which is too refined to be termed raw.
He provided an excellent run and finish for Australia's second goal and continued to threaten throughout the second half.
Jackson Irvine - 7.5
A timely and telling introduction from Arnold, his physicality was a blast from the past for Socceroos fans, but simultaneously a breath of fresh air.
It appears that the Socceroos will benefit immensely from the now-unique option Action Jackson provides - he's more than just a late-runner, he's a dynamic box-to-box midfielder.