The Gunners and their 12th Man!

She wore, she wore,
She wore a yellow ribbon,
She wore a yellow ribbon,
In the merry month of May!
And when, I asked,
Oh why she wore her ribbon,
She said it’s for The Arsenal,
And we’re going to Wembley!
Wembley,
Wembley,
We’re the famous Arsenal,
And we’re going to Wembley!
 
The Wembley stadium was painted yellow on 30th May as Arsenal F.C made history by winning the FA Cup for the 12th time after defeating Aston Villa 4-0 in a one sided final. Arsenal had been tied with Manchester United on 11 wins each, but now they’ve set a new record by being the most successful club in the FA Cup’s history. The Gunners were in control throughout the match and took advantage of Villa’s defensive woes. Arsenal took the lead in 41st minute through Theo Walcott’s emphatic volley. Alexis Sanchez then doubled the advantage with a stunning long range effort shortly after half time. Per Mertesacker headed a third for the team while Giroud wrapped up the victory with his late strike.

 
There were a lot of expectations surrounding Villa’s match-winners Grealish and Benteke, both struggling to retain possession. Despite Villa’s best efforts, they were unable to provide even a fleeting threat to Arsenal’s defence and get Benteke in the game. But the match was majorly won and lost in the central midfield where Villa were overwhelmed by the combination of Coquelin, Cazorla and Ozil. Tim Sherwood can be certainly blamed for Villa’s lack of defence and counter-attack, with his lack of tactics leading to his team’s crumbling defeat.

 
The star of the match however had to be Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal definitely piled on the pressure after Sanchez’s astonishing strike from almost 30 yards. First season and already five goals at Wembley only proves that Sanchez does wear a magic hat.

 
Now the question that arises is: Is this victory potentially the beginning of a new era of trophy-winning success? With the current winning streak, Arsenal looks jet set ready to face Chelsea at Wembley again for the Community Shield. But for now, let the feeling of winning the FA Cup AGAIN sink in. As the bossman himself said, "I am not in a buying mood tonight. I will buy drinks for my players." 

By Ekta Shetty

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