Arsenal retained the FA Cup trophy with a superb 4-0 final victory over Aston Villa on Saturday at Wembley
The game started at a frantic pace and the first real threat on goal came from Arsenal on seven minutes. Alexis Sanchez took on Alan Hutton before putting in a cross which was well cleared at full-stretch by Ron Vlaar.
A few minutes later and Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed well wide of goal from a Santi Cazorla corner kick.
Arsenal had a superb chance to take the lead on 15 minutes. Sanchez’s cross into the Villa area was headed towards goal by Koscielny, but Villa ‘keeper Shay Given produced a superb save to keep the effort out.
On 16 minutes Hector Bellerin showed good determination to beat Kieran Richardson, crossed the ball into the box and Aaron Ramsey hit the side-netting with an outstretched finish under heavy pressure from a Villa defender.
Ramsey was in the action again on 19 minutes, as the Welshman fired over the bar after a fortunate bounce of the ball in the Villa penalty area.
On 24 minutes Theo Walcott saw an effort from a few yards out blocked superbly by Villa full-back Richardson, after Mesut Ozil had done well to find the England international. Ramsey then saw a deflected effort easily dealt with by Given on 27 minutes.
The game slowed down slightly until the 40th minute when the Gunners took the lead. Nacho Monreal’s cross was headed back across goal by Alexis Sanchez and Walcott smashed a powerful half-volley past Given in the Villa goal.
The first attempt of the second half came from Ramsey whose tame effort was easily gathered by Shay Given. The Gunners doubled their lead on 50 minutes. Alexis Sanchez hit a powerful effort from 25 yards out which flew in off the underside of the bar.
On 57 minutes Given produced a superb low save from a Cazorla effort from just outside the Villa area. Three minutes later Villa centre-back Jores Okore produced a superb last-ditch challenge to stop Walcott latching onto a through-ball from Ozil.
The Gunners made it three on 62 minutes. Cazorla’s corner kick was headed home by an unmarked Per Mertesacker. The Gunners then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Villa to control possession somewhat.
However, it was Arsenal who had the next clear-cut chance, as Walcott ran through on goal, but clipped an effort well wide of goal. With five minutes remaining Villa had a penalty appeal turned down, as youngster Jack Grealish went down in the area under a challenge from Bellerin.
The Gunners made it four with one of the last kicks off the game. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed to fellow sub Olivier Giroud who fired home at the near post. The Frenchman’s effort rounded-off a fantastic victory for the side from north London.
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