Arsenal finished the 2014-2015 soccer year on a high note, taking the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa. While the team finished a bit back of league champions Chelsea, finally ending up in 3rd and the automatic UEFA Champions League spot that accompanies it, Arsenal can go into the summer with some hardware to add to the trophy case, as well as a record and some confidence that the awful start to 2014-2015 is well behind them.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, were hoping that they would be able to turn around their luck against Arsenal since they had given up 8-0 to the Gunners this year in Premiere League matches, but it was not to be.
It started with Theo Walcott getting the starting nod from the boss Arséne Wenger. Walcott most certainly had the hot foot going into the week after scoring a hat trick in the last game of the season the previous week. The majority of the first half didn’t bring much excitement as neither Arsenal nor Villa we’re able to muster much of any advantage. In the 40th, though, Walcott showed that his foot was still hot.
Walcott passed to Nacho Monreal who was making a run down the left side. Monreal then floated it across to the goal when Alexis Sanchez surprisingly won the header the header and placed it back to an approaching Walcott who drove the ball into the back of the net. Arsenal took a 1-0 lead into half.
Five minutes into the second half and Sanchez ripped a shot right passed Shay Given from around 28 yards out into the back of the net putting Arsenal up 2-0. Wojeciech Szcezesny spent most of the afternoon watching his teammates score as the back four of Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker and Koscielny shored up any opportunities Villa tried to present.
In the 62nd minute Santi Cazorla delivered a beautiful corner that landed squarely on Per “BFG” Mertesacker’s forehead to put Arsenal up 3-0. The final 31 minutes of the match was pretty much Arsenal playing their style of football. Arsenal fans were delighted when the boss made a double substitution, bring on Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshire for Ozill and Walcott in the 77th minute.
While Arsenal fans were waiting for the final whistle to blow with 3 minutes of stoppage time, Giroud slipped his way through a sleeping Villa defense to take a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain who had just minutes before come on for Sanchez. Giroud casually flicked the ball into the net just seconds before the whistle blew. This is the 12th FA Cup for Arsenal and they currently now own the record for most trophies in FA Cup History.