Current holders Arsenal will need to beat Aston Villa to win the 2015 FA Cup Final having come through a tricky test against Championship side Reading.
Arsene Wenger’s side will need to be more wary of a resurgent Aston Villa however, especially one that performed so admirably against Liverpool on Sunday.
Although, with the talent at Arsenal’s disposal combined with their decent form in 2015, the Gunners should make light work of a side that has struggled to score regularly this season. It may be the FA Cup, but surely Arsenal won’t come close to blowing it like they did last year against Hull City, will they?
Experience of winning trophies flows through Arsenal squad
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have World Cup wins on their CV, whilst Santi Cazorla has two European Championship victories. Alexis Sanchez has a La Liga title and Olivier Giroud a Ligue 1 winners medal, whereas the remainder of the squad can draw on their success in the FA Cup last season. Trophy wins feature predominantly throughout this Arsenal side, and their past successes should give them a sizeable advantage over any opponents, let alone a youthful Aston Villa side.
Sanchez and Giroud are on fire!
Alexis Sanchez was the difference against Reading, partly due to his strike partner Giroud being left on the bench for most of the match. Nevertheless, the two will doubtlessly combine for the Final in May (providing they remain injury-free) and continue their burgeoning partnership.
Sanchez has 22 for the season whilst Giroud has an impressive 18 during a year interrupted by a broken leg, and their link-up play is getting better by the game. Capable of scoring against the meanest of defences, Villa’s should be no match for the pair. Such is the contrast between these two and Villa’s entire team, just one goal could be enough against a side that has struggled for goals all campaign.
Arsenal have Villa’s measure this season
If you had suggested that Villa may have to face Arsenal once more this season to a Villa fan, they’d have disappeared off with Paul Lambert! Arsenal have ripped the Villains apart this season, totting up an 8-0 aggregate scoreline in the two league games, and could add to that at Wembley. A 3-0 win at Villa Park in September was routine as all three goals came within four dreadful minutes, whilst the 5-0 demolition at the Emirates Stadium couldn’t have been easier! Admittedly Arsenal have yet to face Villa under Tim Sherwood, though cannot surely suffer a surprise turnaround from a side they have well and truly dominated this season.