FT: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:13

FT: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

ARSENAL 4-0 ASTON VILLA: It’s all over, Arsenal have won a record 12th FA Cup! Completely deserved victory for the Gunners, they were brilliant and scored four times through Walcott, Sanchez, Mertesacker and Giroud. Villa were disappointing and never looked like winning the match. A record-equalling sixth FA Cup for Arsene Wenger and we will have reaction from him on the Sky Sports website shortly.

ARSENAL 4-0 ASTON VILLA: Giroud scores the fourth with almost the last kick of the game as he turns in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross from close range.

GIROUD GETS THE FOURTH!

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Arsenal just seeing out time now as their name is engraved on the trophy.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Three minutes to be added on.

Sanchez gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: More appeals from a penalty as Grealish goes down in the box. Again the referee doesn’t point to the spot but Grealish did appear to be dragged down.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Ironic cheers from the Villa fans as their team wins a foul. Apart from the penalty decision the referee has had a good game.

Booking for Agbonlahor for protesting to the referee about the decision that didn’t go his way.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Cries for a penalty from Villa as Coquelin slides in on Agbonlahor as he carried the ball into the box. The referee says no but there was definitely contact. Possibly just outside the area but it was a foul either way.

That’s Walcott’s last involvement as he is replaced by Giroud. Wilshere also comes on to replace Ozil, who was excellent.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Walcott misses a chance for a fourth as Ramsey picks him out with a ball forward and he skews his shot well wide from just inside the area.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: As disappointing as Villa have been, Arsenal really have been very good today. They have passed the ball around confidently and the defence has looked solid. A joy to watch when they are in this mood.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Villa have stemmed the tide a little in the last few minutes by keeping the ball, but they still haven’t created any chances. Benteke has had a disappointing game and has been too isolated.

And another switch for Villa as Sanchez replaces Westwood.

Bacuna comes on to replace Richardson.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: The Villa fans are trying their best to spur on their team but they just haven’t created anything in the final third. Still just one attempt on goal.

ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA: Game over surely as Mertesacker is left wide open from a corner and heads into the net. Didn’t make the cleanest contact on the header but it still went in and Arsenal are now in complete control.

MERTESACKER MAKES IT 3-0!

ARSENAL 2-0 ASTON VILLA: Good recovery from Okore as Walcott beats him to a through ball but the defender doesn’t give up and manages to dispossess him.

ARSENAL 2-0 ASTON VILLA: Villa hanging on as Given has to get down sharply to save from Cazorla. The game is starting to open up more.

ARSENAL 2-0 ASTON VILLA: The Gunners have the ball in the net again but Walcott was offside from Ramsey’s cross. Correct call from the assistant.

ARSENAL 2-0 ASTON VILLA: It’s still one-way traffic as Arsenal work the ball into Sanchez in the box, but he takes a bit too long to cross and it’s blocked.

That second goal might have forced Sherwood’s hand as he throws on Agbonlahor for N’Zogbia.

Another booking for Villa as Westwood fouls Sanchez off the ball.

ARSENAL 2-0 ASTON VILLA: Superb from Sanchez to put Arsenal in control. The Chilean lines up a shot from over 25 yards out and it flies past Given, swerving in the air and going in off the bar.

WHAT A STRIKE FROM SANCHEZ!

ARSENAL 1-0 ASTON VILLA: The Gunners continue as they left off but Ramsey’s low shot to the near post is easily saved by Given.

SECOND HALF: No changes at the break and Arsenal get the game restarted…

A few stats from that one-sided first half: Arsenal had 62% of the possession, eight attempts on goal compared to one from Villa and six corners to none. Villa also had three players booked.

ARSENAL 1-0 ASTON VILLA: The referee blows to signal the end of the first half and it’s the Gunners who deservedly lead. They have been dominant, made all the running and created all the chances, while Villa have been very disappointing. Wonder if Sherwood will make any changes at the break.

ARSENAL 1-0 ASTON VILLA: The Gunners pushing for a second as Ozil slides a ball into the box for Cazorla, who just has the ball nicked off his toes and behind for a corner. Two minutes to be added on.

ARSENAL 1-0 ASTON VILLA: A mix-up between Koscielny and Bellerin almost lets Grealish in but the ball just bounces away from him.

ARSENAL 1-0 ASTON VILLA: Half of Wembley erupts as Sanchez gets up well to head a cross back across goal for Walcott, who shows good composure to fire past Given from 10 yards out. Deserved lead for the Gunners.

WALCOTT SCORES!

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Villa have just managed to slow Arsenal’s momentum a bit. It looks as though Sanchez has gone up front and Walcott has moved out to the left.

Delph gets a booking for dragging back Ozil in the centre circle.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Almost a chance for Arsenal as Given can’t hold a corner and drops it, but a defender is there to hack it clear.

Hutton goes into the book as he catches Sanchez with a sliding tackle.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Szczesny comes for a cross and doesn’t get there, but fortunately for the keeper it deflects away from goal.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Delph escapes a booking for dragging back Sanchez after he lost the ball. A bit fortunate perhaps.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Another opening for the Gunners but Ramsey’s shot deflects off a defender and is easy for Given to gather.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: It’s all Arsenal at the moment, Villa haven’t kept the ball well enough and they haven’t posed any threat at all.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Superb block by Richardson! It looks as though Walcott is going to fire home from Ozil’s cross from inside the six-yard box but Richardson throws himself at it to keep it out. Villa hanging on but still on level terms.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Almost an opening for Walcott as Ozil plays the ball into his feet, but his touch is too heavy and it gets away from him.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: What a chance for Ramsey! Ozil’s cross hits a defender and bobbles through for Ramsey to take a touch and then shoot at goal from around 15 yards out. He should hit the target but instead drives it over the bar.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Arsenal starting to apply pressure as Bellerin crosses low from the right towards Ramsey, who gets there ahead of his marker but can only divert the ball into the side netting. Tough chance from a tight angle but the Gunners on top.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Great save from Given! He seemed to be going the wrong way as Koscielny headed at goal from Sanchez’s cross but managed to leap and get a strong enough hand to keep the ball out.

Now the yellow card is out for Cleverley for a cynical trip on Monreal as he ran past him. Not too many complaints about that.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Arsenal have been brighter in the last five minutes but here come Villa with Richardson, who puts in a cross that Szczesny does well to punch clear under pressure from Benteke.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Poor free-kick from Ozil as he chips it straight to a claret and blue shirt and it’s headed clear.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Benteke gets a talking to from the referee as he sticks a leg out and brings down Cazorla on the left as he tried to get into the box. Perhaps lucky not to be booked for that.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: The corner is headed away by Benteke, but Arsenal win another which Koscielny meets at the near post. He gets there ahead of Benteke but it’s a poor header as he just flicks it across goal and behind.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Sanchez runs at the Villa defence, steps outside Hutton and then puts in a low cross from the left that is deflected behind by a defender.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Benteke tries to get on the end of a chipped pass over the defence but it bounces through to Szczesny. It’s been a pretty even start to the game.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: Cazorla plays a long ball forward to Ramsey, who heads down to Walcott in the box, but he is a few yards offside.

ARSENAL 0-0 ASTON VILLA: First foul of the game is committed on the touchline as Hutton brings down Sanchez but the free-kick comes to nothing. It’s an electric atmosphere at Wembley.

KICK-OFF: We are off, Villa get the game started…

The referee today is Jon Moss and he is almost ready to get us underway.

Here we go, the teams are on their way out and we are just five minutes from kick-off for the 134th FA Cup final.

Jon says: ‘Dont ya wish ya striker was Benteke B) Comfy 2-0 to the Villians come on boys!’

The flags are flying at Wembley as we approach kick-off, Villa fan Prince William is in the tunnel and will be in the Royal Box for the match. His brother Prince Harry is apparently an Arsenal fan, so sibling rivalry today amongst the royals!

Chris Green is going for an Arsenal win: ‘I think 11-time winners Arsenal will be successful in their quest to pursue a record 12th FA Cup. Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa.’

Jakob says: ‘I’m an Arsenal fan and I’m predicting a 2-1 win for the Gunners. COYG.’

Villa might not have won this competition for nearly 60 years, but they have a pretty good record in FA Cup finals, winning seven of the 10 they have played in. This is Arsenal’s 19th FA Cup final, a record for any team, and they are bidding to lift the trophy for a record 12th time.

Ian says: ‘Surprised Wenger didn’t stick with, and start, Giroud. I think that with Theo in the starting line-up that’s the strongest side, but I would have liked to have seen a bit of loyalty to Giroud then Theo on as an impact.’

Aston Villa are up against odds of 11/2 according to Sky Bet, with Arsenal just 8/15 to win in 90 minutes. The Gunners are 2/7 to lift the trophy compared to 11/4 for Tim Sherwood’s men, with the match 7/1 to be decided in extra-time and 13/2 to go to penalties.

Theo Walcott is 11/2 in the first goalscorer market, while Christian Benteke is considered Villa’s biggest threat at 7/1 to break the deadlock.
If you fancy getting in touch with your views on your game, the line-ups or a prediction then drop me an email at james.walker-roberts@sky.uk and I’ll post the best ahead of kick-off.
No major surprises from Tim Sherwood as goalkeeper Shay Given and Kieran Richardson are fit to start and Charles N’Zogbia gets the nod over Gabby Agbonlahor. It was 17 years ago that Given last played in an FA Cup final, on that occasion it was also against Arsenal and his Newcastle side were beaten 2-0.
Paul Merson said during the week it would be ‘harsh’ for Arsene Wenger to drop Olivier Giroud, but that is exactly what he has done. Theo Walcott, who netted a hat-trick against West Brom last weekend, starts for the Gunners, while Wojciech Szczesny is preferred in goal to David Ospina. Jack Wilshere does not make the XI and has to be content with a place on the bench.
Aston Villa starting XI: Given, Hutton, Vlaar, Okore, Richardson, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Benteke.
Subs: Guzan, Bacuna, Sinclair, Agbonlahor, Cole, Sanchez, Baker.
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Walcott.
Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
Good afternoon and welcome to live and interactive text coverage of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa. The sun is shining, the fans are streaming up Wembley Way and we look set for a fantastic climax to the season. Defending champions Arsenal, bidding to become the most successful team in FA Cup history, against Aston Villa, looking to lift the cup for the first time since 1957. Who will come out on top? Team news coming up ahead of kick-off at 5.30pm.

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