Aston Villa 0-4 Arsenal

Arsenal cruised to victory in the FA Cup Final against a lacklustre Aston Villa side at Wembley. Arsenal started the better of the two and remained in control throughout. Aston Villa were able to successfully break the game up at times with fouls, but Arsenal started to create chances as the game progressed. An excellent reflex save from Given whilst going the wrong way and a last-ditch block from Richardson kept the scores level until five minutes from half time, when a strongly hit left foot effort from Walcott opened the scoring.

Arsenal only had to wait for five minutes after the half time break to increase their lead, with a swirling, dipping shot from Alexis Sanchez from 30 yards out wrong-footing Given and going in off the underside of the bar. Mertesacker extended the lead with a free header (although it was far from clean) from a corner 10 minutes later and Giroud completed the rout with the final kick of the game with a deft flick at the near post as the Aston Villa defence switched off completely.

Arsenal fully deserved their victory, but Aston Villa posed no threat to them at all. Sherwood was entrusted with keeping them up and it appeared as though the final was an unnecessary distraction for players who didn’t seem to see the game as important and were always a step behind. Villa’s only tactic appeared to be getting the ball wide for a cross in to Benteke, but with Arsenal able to stop this by keeping the full backs pressed back, there appeared to be no other tactic and Villa struggled to pose a threat at all. There is clearly a lot of work for Aston Villa over the summer and for a second season, Arsenal have achieved qualification for the Champions League and won the FA Cup, although they are still a few players short of a genuine title challenge.

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