It wasn’t to be for Aston Villa and Tim Sherwood in a showpiece occasion at Wembley this evening as their fairytale was smashed to pieces and they were embarrassed at the hands of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
Although Villa gave a decent enough account of themselves in the early exchanges, they did look horrifically open at the back and although it took the north Londoners until the 40th minute to break the deadlock (through Theo Walcott who was matched at [10.5] in the First Goalscorer market), in truth they could have gone into the break three or four ahead.
Alexis Sanchez opened the second half in spectacular style, making it 2-0 with a swerving, rasping shot from all of 35 yards which beat Shay Given in the Villa goal all ends up, and from then on in it was one-way traffic and there was only going to be one winner.
Per Mertesacker was able to add a third, and Olivier Giroud a fourth, and from then on Arsenal fans were in dreamland. The game finished 4-0, a scoreline that was matched as high as [38.0] on the exchange, and that was that. In truth, it was no more than Wenger’s men deserved.
The Gunners were matched at a high of [1.67] to win the game inside 90 minutes and there’ll be plenty of shrewd investors toasting a good back of Arsenal to lift the trophy; they were matched as high as [12.0] to successfully defend their FA Cup crown.