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Arsenal's heroes and Villa's flops get Wembley ratings

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Arsenal players celebrate FA Cup glory at Wembley for a second successive year
Arsenal players celebrate FA Cup glory at Wembley for a second successive year

Arsenal hammered Aston Villa 4-0 in a horribly one sided FA Cup final at Wembley and here is how the players rated on the big day.

ARSENAL
 
Wojciech Szczesny – The big Polish stopper had little to do on a day when Villa struggled to test from first to last. Arsenal are being strongly linked with moves for other keepers this summer, but Wenger may be tempted to stick with Szczesny and David Ospina as the pair have combined to produce a successful season for Arsenal - 7
 
Hector Bellerin – One of the breakthrough stars for Arsenal this season, Bellerin may have expected a tough afternoon at Wembley against Jack Grealish and his Villa team-mates. The truth was, this mismatch made for an easy afternoon for Wenger’s side -7
 
Per Mertesacker – The big German defender had his moment of Wembley glory as he headed home the third Arsenal goal. His presence at the heart of the Gunners defence has been hugely significant to their success this season - 8
 
Laurent Koscielny – So close to a goal early on, the big Frenchman had a comfortable afternoon at the back for Arsenal. Villa simply did not get the ball forward to Christian Benteke enough to cause the Gunners backline any concern - 7
 
Nacho Monreal – A threat bursting forward at times and Villa’s lack of forward momentum meant he had a license attack at will. Monreal has proved to be a reliable full-back for Wenger when he is free from injury - 7
 
Francis Coquelin – One of the stand-out stars of Arsenal’s season, Coquelin’s role as the anchor in Wenger’s midfield was barely required on a day when Villa barely broke over the half-way line. He deserves his FA Cup medal for a fine breakthrough season - 7
 
Santi Cazorla – He offered flashes of inspiration as Arsenal overwhelmed Villa from the off and all that was lacking was a goal to complete his afternoon. In a Gunners squad packed with inventive midfielders, Cazorla has been impossible to drop this season. 8 
 
Mesut Ozil – Silky smooth on the ball and pivotal in Arsenal getting onto the front foot in the opening exchanges, Ozil’s range of passing and clever movement troubled Villa throughout. He has answered some of his critics in the last few weeks. 8
 
Aaron Ramsey – Guilty of a horrible first half miss, the hero of Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph from last season did not need to worry that it would cost his team. Ramsey has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks, but Arsenal will not be tempted to sell their Welshman any time soon. 7
 
Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez’s second half goal all-but sealed Villa’s fate in this Cup Final and it was a fitting strike for a player who has been the shining star of Arsenal’s season. He may have missed out on the Player of the Year awards, but Wenger would not swap Sanchez for any player in the Premier League right now. 9
 
Theo Walcott – A surprise pick to start ahead of Olivier Giroud, Walcott entirely justified his selection with a sizzling opening goal that left Shay Given stranded in the Villa goal. Can Walcott play as the lead strike for Arsenal in the biggest of games? On this evidence, he certainly can. 8

ASTON VILLA
 
Shay Given – Yet more FA Cup final agony for the veteran Irish keeper, who will have been disappointed to concede Sanchez goal that served so dramatically en-route to his goal. He may never get another chance to play in a winning team at Wembley, but this was never to be his or Villa’s day, even after he produced a string of fine saves. 7
 
Kieran Richardson – A brilliant last gasp block from Theo Walcott denied Arsenal an opening goal, but Richardson was powerless to stop his side sliding to defeat. Villa’s hopes of getting him into attacking positions proved to be forlorn. 6
 
Ron Vlaar – The big Dutch defender looked unsteady all afternoon as Arsenal’s create stars circled him and went for the kill. He was not mobile enough to fend off their speedy attacking variety. 5
 
Jores Okore – Like Vlaar, Okore was no match for Arsenal’s attacking stars, with Wenger’s play to isolate Villa’s one-paced backline working to perfection. Villa boss Tim Sherwood simply didn’t have the tools at his disposal to get this job done. 5
 
Alan Hutton – Experience was not enough for Hutton to survive his Wembley grilling. The Scot was constantly dragged out of position and looked vulnerable as Arsenal players stormed down his flank. 5
 
Fabian Delph – This game was lost for Villa in the midfield and their skipper Delph was no match for the quality Arsenal players who were too good for him. Sherwood’s men needed to close down the Gunners before they got into their stride, but they never got close to them. 4
 
Jack Grealish – So much was expected of one of the most talked about players in the game over the last few months, but he produced nothing on his big day at Wembley. The lack of service that came his way was a contributory factor, but Grealish was exposed as a raw talent on the biggest day of his career so far. 3
 
Ashley Westwood – Like so many of the Villa side, Westwood could not get out of first gear. He did more than more to slow down the Arsenal passing machine, but it was never going to be enough. 5 
 
Tom Cleverley – As was the case during his final days at Manchester United, Cleverly looked out of his depth when confronted with opponents who had real sparkle in their boots. It remains to be seen whether Villa will now look to make his loan move from Old Trafford permanent. 4
 
Charles N’Zogbia – The Villa tale of woe continues with N’Zogbia. Picked ahead of Gabby Agbonlahor, he didn’t get a chance to justify his selection and left Wembley fully aware of the gulf in class between trophy winners and wannabes. 4
 
Christian Benteke – A blunt force up front, Benteke was at fault for losing his marker as Per Mertesacker scored Arsenal’s third goal. Villa’s big attacking threat didn’t get the ammunition he needed to fire, but he was also guilty of failing to influence the game. 4