By Alan Duffy
Arsenal won their record-breaking 12th FA Cup on Saturday after totally outclassing Aston Villa at Wembley.
The Gunners, with Theo Walcott starting up front in place of Olivier Giroud, were in control from the first minute, and could’ve gone ahead courtesy of efforts from Laurent Koscielny and Walcott in the first-half.
The goal did eventually come, just before the break, with Walcott firing home with his left foot when Alexis Sanchez headed the ball back across goal.
Int he second period, the Gunners continued to dominate but it took a goal of sheer quality to final double their lead, with Sanchez blasting home a swerving long-range piledriver which Shay Given could do little about.
The Villans did their best to get back into the game, but the likes of Jack Grealish failed to shine on the big day.
Arsenal’s third came courtesy of captain Per Mertesacker on 62 minutes, with the unmarked German heading home from a corner.
The Gunners made it four just before the end, with sub Giroud deftly flicking home to round off a magnificent team performance.
A third-place finish in the league and the retention of the FA Cup makes it a fine end of season for Arsene Wenger and co, who will now be hoping to launch a consistent assault on the Premier League in 2015/16.
As for Tim Sherwood’s Villans, despite their poor performance on the day, they can look back on a superb 2015.
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