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Arsenal retain FA Cup after emphatic win over Aston Villa


Arsenal retained the FA Cup in majestic style as their 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa in Saturday's final made history for the Gunners and their manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger's side swept Villa aside with a swashbuckling display sparked by Theo Walcott's first half opener and illuminated by a sublime strike from Alexis Sanchez to double their lead after the interval.

Per Mertesacker and substitute Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet for the rampant north Londoners to seal Arsenal's second trophy in 12 months with the biggest margin of victory in an FA Cup final since 1994.

It was a suitably memorable performance on a historic day which saw Wenger become the first manager in the post-War period to win the competition six times, a tally matched by only George Ramsey, who won the last of his with Villa in 1920.

"I am very proud. Our club is doing well and if I can personally do well then it's even better," Wenger said of his historic landmark.

"We have shown that we are a real team and can deal with pressure. I congratulate the players, the staff and the fans. We are so happy."

Arsenal became the winning most team lifting the trophy for the 12th time and nudging them ahead of Manchester United on the all time list.

The win also ensures that Wenger's position as Arsenal boss looks secure again - this was his 9th major trophy in a 19 year reign at the club - there had been calls by many sections of the Arsenal fans and the media for Wenger to go earlier in the season. But they were all pretty quite tonight.



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