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Aston Villa vs. Arsenal in FA Cup final

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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

The pain of their Wembley defeat should drive Aston Villa forward

ESPN FC's Alison Bender speaks to Aston Villa supporters outside Wembley after their 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final. They remained in high spirits despite the loss.

This will burn for a while, and rightly so. All that hope, expectation and excitement, ruthlessly extinguished by wave after wave of yellow-shirted Arsenal attacks. Defeat in an FA Cup final is hard to swallow. A 4-0 defeat, without even being able to muster a meaningful effort on the opposition goal, creates scars that may take years to heal.

Aston Villa should not forget the hurt of being comprehensively beaten at Wembley. There is no shame in losing a cup final -- even by four goals -- but there...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa completely overwhelmed by a dominant Arsenal side

Aston Villa were no match for Arsenal at Wembley as the Gunners successfully defended their FA Cup title.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol feels it's time Arsenal look beyond the FA Cup for their silverware.

When Arsenal are on form, they are usually very good, and so it proved at Wembley in a rather one-sided FA Cup Final, with the team beating Aston Villa 4-0. The Gunners started the game on the front foot, pressured Villa from the beginning and quickly established dominance -- though it took until the 40th minute for the opening goal breakthrough from Theo Walcott. Once that had arrived, the result never looked in doubt.

There are fewer more accomplished flat-track bullies in football than Arsene...

Arsenal's FA Cup victory should lead to a credible Premier League challenge

Aston Villa were no match for Arsenal at Wembley as the Gunners successfully defended their FA Cup title.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol feels it's time Arsenal look beyond the FA Cup for their silverware.

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...

Arsenal dominate Aston Villa to defend their FA Cup trophy

Aston Villa were no match for Arsenal at Wembley as the Gunners successfully defended their FA Cup title.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol feels it's time Arsenal look beyond the FA Cup for their silverware.

LONDON -- Three observations from Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. 

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1. Arsenal overwhelm Aston Villa

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.

But...

 By Kevin Palmer

Shay Given desperate for FA Cup glory with Aston Villa to erase past woes

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is excited at the prospect of an FA Cup showdown with Arsenal at Wembley.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has experienced some of the most agonising moments of his career in the FA Cup, and as he prepared for his fourth final on Saturday, it seemed as if his curse had struck again.

Given has been a shining star of Villa's run to a Wembley clash with Arsenal but a groin injury was threatening to derail his hopes of a career-defining FA Cup triumph, as American keeper Brad Guzan waited in the wings to take his place.

Yet Villa boss Tim Sherwood has confirmed that his...

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa - The FA Cup final's four key battles

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown speaks about his admiration for the job Tim Sherwood has done at Aston Villa, from lifting the overall mood at the club to getting more from key players like Christian Benteke.

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...