Arsenal hammers Villa in FA Cup final

London, England ( - Arsenal secured its second straight FA Cup title on Saturday as the Gunners rolled to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in the final.

Theo Walcott was on target for Arsenal five minutes before halftime, while Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud each added a goal after the break to allow Arsene Wenger's team to retain the trophy.

Villa was pressed back in defense from the start and goalkeeper Shay Given needed to come to the rescue to keep the match level in the 15th minute when a header from Laurent Koscielny forced him to make a nice reaction save to keep the ball out.

Arsenal continued to ask questions of the Villa defense, and the Gunners finally found the breakthrough in the 40th minute when Nacho Monreal crossed the ball into the box from the left. Sanchez got up to nod it down and Walcott was on hand to send a left-footed volley past Given at his near post.

After nearly getting to halftime on level terms, Villa seemed to have some of the air knocked out of them, and it took just five minutes after the restart for Arsenal to double the lead as a brilliant swerving shot from Sanchez at the top of the penalty area beat Given.

The final 40 minutes saw Villa pose little threat, while Arsenal added two more goals to cap a dominant performance.

Mertesacker netted the third goal in the 62nd when he shook free from his marker to head home Santi Cazorla's cross, while a pair of substitutes combined on the fourth goal just before the final whistle when an unmarked Giroud flicked home a low cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.