Arsenal outgun Aston Villa to win FA Cup

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Arsenal won the FA Cup for the second season in succession as they beat Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s side dazzled their way to victory with goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and substitute Olivier Giroud ensuring the Gunners retained the famous old trophy.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood saw his side outgunned, outfought and outperformed in a game with Arsenal’s midfield trio Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and man-of-the-match Santi Cazorla terrorising their West Midlands opponents.

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After a dominant first-half display, which saw Shay Given forced into action on numerous occasions and Theo Walcott shot cleared off the line by Villa defender Kieran Richardson, the menacing English striker finally broke the deadlock just before half-time with a brilliant first-time volley from ten-yards out.

Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s lead shortly after the break with a stunning 30-yard strike which swerved past the helpless Given in the Villa goal.

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The Gunners created a host of chances with Villa barely threatening the Arsenal goal as star performers Christian Benteke and youngster Jack Grealish were starved of possession.

Captain Mertesacker headed in an easy third in the 62nd minute slipping away from the lacklustre Benteke to score from six-yards.

Villa’s misery was complete as French striker Olivier Giroud tapped in during injury-time to ensure a rout at the national stadium.

Arsenal controlled the match from the start, having 16 shots compared to Aston Villa's two, although Sherwood's men did have two penalty claims turned down late on.

It was a record 12th time the Gunners had lifted the trophy, with Arsene Wenger becoming the first post-war manager to win it six times.

Wenger said of the result after the game: “It was brilliant. I am very happy with the performance, happy for the players and the fans.

“They have been great all season, I am glad we could give them this.”

Asked about how long he intends to remain at Arsenal in the future, Wenger said: “I don’t know. This is a tremendous achievement and the players deserve the credit.”

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