Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Arsenal win 12th FA Cup

Arsenal retained the FA Cup with a dominant victory over Aston Villa to become the most successful team in the competition’s history.

After heavy first-half pressure, Theo Walcott volleyed the Gunners deservedly ahead just before the break.

Alexis Sanchez’s swerving second-half 25-yard strike doubled the lead as Arsenal created a plethora of chances.

Villa’s misery deepened as Per Mertesacker headed in a third before Olivier Giroud tapped home late on.

It was a record 12th time the Gunners had lifted the trophy, with Arsene Wenger becoming the first post-war manager to win it six times.

Arsenal controlled the match from the start, having 16 shots compared to Aston Villa’s two, although Tim Sherwood’s men did have two penalty claims turned down late on.

Theo Walcott has scored seven goals in seven starts for Arsenal this season

The previous eight FA Cup finals at the new Wembley had been won by a one goal margin.

Alexis Sanchez became the second Chilean to score in an FA Cup final, after Newcastle’s George Robledo in 1952

Arsenal have scored 11 times against Villa this season and are yet to concede

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