FA Cup Final Reaction: 5 Things We Learned From Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa


1. Sanchez scored one of the great FA Cup final goals

What more can you say about the Chilean? Has taken the Premier League by storm since swapping Barcelona for North London and made it 25 for the season in true Sanchez style. A quick drop of the shoulder found him some space 25 yards out and the shot was explosive, dipping and swerving past the helpless Given. A goal that will be replayed for years to come.

 

2. Wenger’s decision to drop Giroud for Walcott emphatically vindicated

Some eyebrows were raised when it was announced that regular starter Olivier Giroud had been dropped in favour of Theo Walcott - and those concerns looked justified when Walcott missed first half chance that he should have scored. But Wenger’s view that Walcott’s pace would worry Villa’s immobile defence was vindicated, and he popped up with the all important opening goal.

 

3. Coquelin was Arsenal's unsung hero

This time last year, Francis Coquelin was nowhere near Arsenal’s FA Cup-winning squad. In fact, in December he was still on loan at Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic. Today, he was one of the key reasons Arsenal were so dominant. The Frenchman won everything in midfield, keeping Cleverly and Delph at bay. What a six months for the 24-year-old.

 

4. And Ozil was magnificent

Yes Cazorla was superb, and yes Ramsey was too, but Mesut Ozil was Arsenal’s heartbeat - even when it’s not obviously apparent. The German linked midfield and attack with deftness and skill and wasn’t far away from every meaningful Arsenal attack. His sensational 2015 continues and Wenger will be hoping he takes his form into the new season.

 

5. Villa didn’t have the stomach for the fight

The one piece of advice you always hear ahead of a big game is: play the game, not the occasion. And for long periods, Villa let the game pass them by - almost admiring Arsenal as they carved them open. The likes of Charles N’Zogbia and Jack Grealish were desperately disappointing and Christian Benteke was isolated all game.

 

And here's that Sanchez goal one more time...