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Road to Wembley – From Villans to Villans

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Shocking weren’t they. Our Road to Wembley boys Aston Villa let them and all of us down on Saturday tea time, well unless you are an Arsenal fan of course, which many of you are.

Arsenal became the most successful club in FA Cup history as they outclassed Aston Villa at Wembley to earn Arsene Wenger a record-equalling sixth triumph winning 4-0.

The Gunners retained the trophy they won against Hull City a year ago to put Wenger’s total of wins alongside George Ramsay – who previously stood alone with the record for his victories with Villa between 1887 and 1920.

Arsenal’s 12th final victory was never in doubt as they dominated with a magnificent display, leaving Tim Sherwood with some big decisions to make over the summer if Villa are to arrest their plain terrible-ness over the past few seasons.

The only surprise in the Final was that it took until five minutes before half-time for Arsenal to take the lead with Theo Walcott’s goal.

Alexis Sanchez confirmed that superiority with one of the great FA Cup final goals shortly after the restart – a swerving, dipping 25-yard thunderbolt that flew high past startled Villa keeper Shay Given.

Villa were a shadow of the side that performed so impressively to beat Liverpool at Wembley in the semi-final, their flaws exposed ruthlessly as Per Mertesacker took advantage of an embarrassing lack of marking to head the third.

Substitute Olivier Giroud’s fourth in the final moments only completed what was a harrowing day for Tim Sherwood’s side, who had travelled to Wembley high on optimism and expectation after an impressive run to the final.

Congratulations to the Arse.

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