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.
Tomas Rogic - 7
After dropping far too deep and influencing little against Jordan, Rogic managed to dissuade lying concerns about his Socceroos form without proactively dealing with the root of the problem.
His delivery was excellent, teeing up Maclaren's opener, but he still drifted wide and deep, failing to pick up positions in the space left between the lines by Maclaren stretching the Palestinians. In short, we're going to need a lot more from him than that.
Chris Ikonomidis - 8
A brilliant starting introduction to the Asian Cup, Ikonomidis was arguably Australia's man of the match.
The 23-year-old looked every bit as experienced as his age would suggest - he shouldn't be considered just a young up-and-comer, he's performances have shown Ikonomidis is now beginning to enter the beginning of the peak of his career.
Jamie Maclaren - 7
A mixed bag from a striker who's not short of inconsistent performances, after ten appearances and now a sole goal in the green and gold, it's time for Maclaren to put those nerves to rest.
While he was largely quiet and missed a sitter before tucking away an unlikely, yet clinical header, this isn't a style that suits Maclaren. He's secured the benefit of the doubt, at least for now.
Massimo Luongo - 6.5
Wasn't highly involved in his 15 minute cameo, although still showed a level of mobility that keeps him strongly in the argument for a starting position.
Unfortunately it's more a question of Arnie's style, then individual talent, which will decide how large a role he plays in this tournament's remainder.
Apostolos Giannou - 8
Immediately impacted upon his introduction and offers a level of physicality, nous and experience that will be hard for Maclaren to match.
However, he had a far simpler task ahead of him. Whether Arnie sees enough in the former Greek international to give him a greater chance remains to be seen, but a goal does him no disservice.
Robbie Kruse - N/A