Arsenal have just made themselves as the most successful club in FA Cup history as as they outclassed Aston Villa at Wembley to earn Arsene Wenger the sixth triumph. They become the first team win by more than one FA trophy since 2004. Following the final whistle, the club are celebrating a record 12th FA Cup win in the 143 years of the competition. Half of those have come under Wenger, himself equaling the record for a manager.
“I am very proud. Our club is doing well and if I can personally do well then it’s even better,” Wenger said of his historic landmark. “We have shown that we are a real team and can deal with pressure. I congratulate the players, the staff and the fans. We are so happy.”
Arsenal’s 12th final victory was never in doubt as they dominated with a magnificent display. While Aston Villa couldn’t even hustle Arsenal during the final match. They did have a couple of marginal penalty claims at the end, but for the most part it was desperate stuff. All they could do was stand back and admire.
It was a day of triumph for Wenger, as he added another FA Cup to his three Premier League titles in a game that was a sharp contrast to the tension of last year’s final, when the Gunners had to recover from two goals down. “I don’t know if it was my best final but it was a convincing one, because we were at it from the first to the last minute,” said Wenger afterwards. “I never felt that the focus dropped or the quality dropped.”
It was a suitably memorable performance on a historic day which saw Wenger become the first manager in the post-War period to win the competition six times, a tally matched by only George Ramsey, who won the last of his with Villa in 1920. While for the team, the last victory moving them ahead of Manchester United as the most successful club in the competition.
Arsenal’s season can now be judged as a success, with the trophy adding to a third-place finish in the Premier League that assured Champions League football again.“Of course I think we can push on,” Wenger said. “Why not? We have won the League in the past when we had the potential to do it and that’s what we want to do again.”
Villa ended the league season by being thrashed 6-1 at Southampton and losing at home to the relegated Burnley.