LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke as the leading threat to his side's hopes of success in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.
Wenger has previously stated that he was monitoring Benteke's progress as he made his mark in Belgian football with Genk, with Villa's move to sign him in August 2012 coming as "a surprise" to the Arsenal boss who was clearly an admirer of the forward.
Now he accepts Benteke could dent his side's FA Cup ambitions this...
They are the comeback kids, those who threw back the doubts to become leading men for their teams.
While many might bemoan the 2014-15 Premier League season as one lacking in quality, here are six players who raised their game and made themselves indispensable.
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Recriminations flew in several different directions during David Moyes' disastrous tenure at Manchester United in 2013-14. Young was a particular pariah, barracked by his own club's fans who disliked his...
A final position of 17th is far from inspiring, but after a difficult season Villa were relieved just to stay in the Premier League.
The escape from relegation owed everything to a vast improvement in form when Tim Sherwood stepped in to replace Paul Lambert in February -- Villa were in the bottom three at that time but pulled clear to safety. Here's how the players in the squad rated during a challenging campaign.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players with fewer than 10 appearances not counted)