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Arsenal crush Aston Villa to win FA Cup final 2015

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The Gunners coast to the biggest final win in more than two decades and secure the trophy for a record twelfth time.

Arsenal have retained the FA Cup after cruising to a decisive 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

The Gunners have now won the trophy a record 12 times and manager Arsene Wenger has been in charge for half of them during his 19-years at the helm.

Villa had made the 115-mile journey to the capital looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but instead saw the London side coast to the biggest final win in 21 years.

Their hopes were dashed by a dominant Arsenal team with Theo Walcott opening the scoring, followed by Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud, who delivered the coup de grace in front of 90,000 fans.

It is the biggest win in an FA Cup final since Manchester United beat Chelsea by the same scoreline in 1994.

The victory means Wenger now shares the record for FA Cup wins with George Ramsay, who managed Villa from 1884-1926.

“I am very proud of that,” the Arsenal manager said.

“If it has not been done (since then), it shows it is not easy and all of us want to achieve things that are difficult.

“For the club it is great, we won it 12 times, more than any club.

“Personally, I managed in seven finals and we won six.”

Villa manager Tim Sherwood said: “I feel sick and so do the boys in there.

“You can only know how good winning feels when you have to walk around watching a team hold the cup.

“They deserved to win the game, no arguments about that. It was quite obvious that they had their own way today and dominated the match.

“They have got outstanding world-class footballers and we couldn’t nullify their threat or impose ourselves. We were outplayed by a far better team.”

Speaking after the game, England star Walcott said Arsenal’s next target is the Premier League title they last won in 2004.

He said: “We’re very close (to challenging). We just need to start well.

“I’ve been here for a long time and this is one of the best squads that I’ve been part of.

“We should be achieving much more. But I believe now that’s two FA Cups, the Premier League is the next big target.”

The Duke of Cambridge, who watched the game, will have been disappointed by the result being a Villa fan.

However, another professed fan, David Cameron, was not at the game.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister had a long-standing private engagement which prevented him from attending.

During the General Election campaign, David Cameron blamed “brain fade” after he said he would prefer people to support West Ham, which also plays in claret and blue.

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