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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Arsenal went nine years without a trophy before winning last season's FA Cup but now stand on the brink of their second piece of silverware in 12 months. Standing in their way is Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa, who last reached the final in 2000.
Kevin Hughes (Villa) and Andrew Mangan (Arsenal) tackle the key questions ahead of the big one at Wembley on Saturday.
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So -- a nice routine win for Arsenal this, right?
Andrew Mangan: Absolutely not. Arsenal may have beaten Aston Villa twice this season and...