LONDON — On Saturday Arsenal won a record-breaking 12th FA Cup trophy, as Arsene Wenger delivered back-to-back FA Cups for the north London outfit.
[ RECAP – Arsenal 4-0 Villa ]
Aston Villa failed to turn up for an extremely one-sided final, with the Gunners bossing the game from start to finish. Theo Walcott’s powerful volley just before the broke gave Arsenal a deserved lead, then Alexis Sanchez’s thunderbolt, Per Mertesacker’s header and a late Olivier Giroud flick added sufficient gloss to the scoreline.
Here’s three things we learned from Wembley as the Gunners finished off the 2014-15 season in style.
It was a big call from Wenger to start Walcott over Oliver Giroud up top, despite his hat trick in the final game of the PL season against West Brom, but it paid off. Big time. In the 40th minute Walcott arrived right on cue as Sanchez’s…
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Arsenal dominated from start to finish as they hoisted their second straight FA Cup trophy with a swarming 3-0 win at Wembley Stadium over Aston Villa.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring just before halftime to validate a dominant first 45 as an Alexis Sanchez screamer and Per Mertesacker header rounded things out in the second half.
Both sides showed an ability to get forward early on. After a few rash Villa tackles that earned Tom Cleverley a yellow and should have brought another for Benteke, the first real chance came to Arsenal as an Aelexis Sanchez cross reached Laurent Koscielny’s head, but 39-year-old Shay Given made an impressive save to keep it out. Then Aaron Ramsey nearly got a sliding chance on a Hector Bellerin cross but Jores Okore made a sliding 16th-minute stop.
The chances put Arsenal clearly in control, and it continued. Ramsey had another look but fired…
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