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Press responds positively to Arsenal's FA Cup win

People are saying nice things about Arsenal's FA Cup defense yesterday. We rounded up a few of our favorites.

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How impressive was Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final yesterday? In case you missed the flurry of stories in your post-match celebrations, here's a sampling of the superlatives being thrown Arsenal's way.

From  the BBC write-up:

Arsenal became the most successful club in FA Cup history as they outclassed Aston Villa at Wembley to earn Arsene Wenger a record-equalling sixth triumph.

The Gunners retained the trophy they won against Hull City a year ago to put Wenger's total of wins alongside George Ramsay - who previously stood alone with the record for his victories with Villa between 1887 and 1920.

Arsenal's 12th final victory was never in doubt as they dominated with a magnificent display, the only surprise being that it took until five minutes before half-time for their control to be rewarded with Theo Walcott's goal.

Alexis Sanchez confirmed that superiority with one of the great FA Cup final goals shortly after the restart - a swerving, dipping 25-yard thunderbolt that flew high past startled Villa keeper Shay Given.

From the Guardian's match coverage, which also included these impressive player ratings:

When Arsenal play with this distinction it can seem like a trick of the mind there have been so many occasions in the last couple of years when it has felt as if Wenger might not get the happy ending he deserves. They passed the ball with a refinement that Villa simply could not match. It was a blur of speed and movement and, on a wider scale, they also did something else, bearing in mind the stench that has emanated from Fifa headquarters over the last week.

Wenger’s players did not fumigate the sport to the degree required but they did at least remind us about the reasons why we care so much for this daft old game and what makes it so great when everything comes together.

From ESPN FC, which also has highlights, in case you want to look at those:

The Gunners have now won the trophy a record 12 times and Wenger has been at the helm for half of them.

Wenger may have had his critics over the second part of his 19-year reign at Arsenal, but his cup pedigree cannot be questioned. Only George Ramsay, who managed Villa from 1884-1926, has won the same number of FA Cups as Wenger.

And here are some choice tweets from the Telegraph's Henry Winter, who covered the festivities, and also wrote this lovely article:

And there was even one moment of acknowledgment from a, shall we say, unexpected source.