Arsenal have been crowned the 2015 FA Cup winners!
They retained their trophy, and with their 12th win, they become the most successful FA Cup club of all time. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, registers his sixth win, a stunning personal record which he shares with George Ramsay of Aston Villa. This is truly a historic day for the Gunners.
The 5 main talking points from today’s match were:
1. Arsene Wenger’s side took the lead through Theo Walcott’s first-half strike. His selection in the playing XI was the biggest plus point which Arsenal had today. Goals after half time from Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud ensured that the Gunners won the competition for a record 12th time. Four different players on the score sheet today shows that the side had full domination throughout the game in all three sectors and that Sherwood was beaten tactically too.
2. Apart from the scorers, Hector Bellerin and Coquelin were the stand out performers. Walcott strengthened the attack whereas Cazorla’s presence was felt throughout the game. Cazorla completed more passes than anyone on the field today. Ozil looked sluggish in the opening minutes but gained confidence as the game progressed.
3. Sherwood’s big selection call to play Charles N’Zogbia ahead of Gabriel Agbonlahor never looked like it would work. By the time the latter was introduced, just after Arsenal had gone two up, the horse had bolted for a Villa team that simply never performed. They had zero shots on target compared to a total of nine from Arsenal.
4. Alexis Sanchez confirmed Arsenal’s superiority with one of the greatest FA Cup final goals shortly after half-time. A swerving, dipping 25-yard thunderbolt that flew straight past the startled Shay Given. Whereas his counterpart Benteke was brilliantly marked by Per. Benteke just won 3 air duals!
5. Shay Given pulled off an excellent save to keep out a header from Laurent Koscielny before Aaron Ramsey fired over the bar in the 20th minute. Kieran Richardson then made a goal-line block to deny Walcott from close range as the Gunners dominated proceedings. These were the only defining moments from the Aston side. The ball was predominantly in the Aston half for the majority of the game. Hence, a 4-0 win and back to back FA cup titles made the Gunners’ day.