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Arsenal humiliate Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

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Aston Villa were thrashed 4-0 by an emphatic Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday. 

Arsenal dominated early on and almost took the lead trough Laurent Koscielny's header, only for Villa keeper Shay Given to deny the defender with a fantastic reflex save.

The Gunners continued to press and were finally rewarded when Nacho Monreal's cross was headed into the path of Theo Walcott by Chilean Alexi Sanchez. Walcott smashed the ball left footed straight into the back of the net.

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After the break, Villa still showed no signs of testing Wojciech Szczesny's goal as Arsenal continued to keep hold of the ball.

In the 50th minute Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a thunderous 25-yard strike - a goal that will never be forgotten. Arsenal could have added a third when Theo Walcott's volley forced Shay Given into a stunning save, allowing Sanchez to a tap into the net, but the flag was already raised with Walcott initially offside.

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Easy 

Per Mertesacker easily lost his marker to nod in from a corner and make it 3-0, as any hope for Villa had now evaporated. Gabriel Agbonlahor demanded a penalty late on after a challenge from Francis Coquelin, but replays showed it was just outside the penalty area.

Jack Grealish had a much stronger case when he was brought down by Hector Bellarin, however referee Jon Moss chose not to award a penalty.

Substitute Olivier Giroud added a fourth at the end to put the final nail in the coffin for Villa.

At the full-time whistle there were two sets of fans; jubilant Arsenal fans who had witnessed their team successfully record back-to-back FA Cup titles for the second time in fifteen years, and on the other side, Aston Villa supporters who saw their team miss the opportunity to win the oldest sports competition in the world for the first time since 1957.

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