Now Arsenal are out on their own in the history books. They have won football's oldest honour, the FA Cup trophy, more often than anyone else -- their 12th FA Cup means they have overtaken Manchester United in the all-time standings. It was also Arsene Wenger's sixth, and no manager has tasted glory more often in the competition's 144-year existence.
Arsenal are FA Cup champions once again, and this time they did it in considerably more style than 12 months ago. Anyone hoping for an upset will have been left disappointed by a superb Arsenal display. Aston Villa may have been underwhelming, but it's difficult to imagine many teams living with the Gunners in this kind of form.
Ultimately, this was one of the most one-sided finals in recent memory. Only a strong performance from Villa goalkeeper Shay Given prevented the scoreline from becoming...
LONDON -- This was the kind of football that Arsene Wenger has been promising for years. This was the kind of flawless 4-0 display that wins hearts, minds and silverware. Granted, it might have been more impressive had Aston Villa not frozen in the opening exchanges and forgotten their game plan, but it was still a pleasure to watch.
"We were at it from the first minute to the last," glowed Arsene Wenger afterward. "I never felt that the focus dropped or the quality dropped. It became comfortable...
As if reaching a first Champions League final in 12 years, holding one of Europe's biggest bargaining chips in Paul Pogba and locking up Serie A's best young player in the precocious Paolo Dybala wasn't enough for the Old Lady of Turin this summer, she keeps pushing for more.
The fact that Saturday gives Arsene Wenger a chance to become modern football's most prolific collector of the FA Cup speaks much of his longevity and how tightly he has woven himself into the fabric of English football.
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By 7:30 p.m. (BST), allowing for extra-time, he may have surpassed Sir Alex Ferguson's five winners' medals, with the next-best manager of the post-World War II years being Bill Nicholson, who collected the last of his three with Spurs in 1967. George Ramsay, the only manager to...
Saturday's FA Cup final will see Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood going toe-to-toe with Arsene Wenger from Arsenal for the final domestic trophy on offer. We look at four of the key battles that could determine the outcome.
1. Laurent Koscielny vs. Christian Benteke
The first port of call was always going to be how Arsenal's main centre-back would fare against Aston Villa's star striker. Christian Benteke has rediscovered his best form under Sherwood, with 11 of his 13 Premier League goals coming once...