So then. We won the FA Cup again. For the twelfth time actually. And it was lovely.
Here’s what the boss and his players had to say about yesterday’s thrilling 4-0 victory over the Villa.
“I am very happy, very proud and absolutely thrilled because we won the FA Cup but the performance was there as well.
“The quality of the performance was outstanding today and it was a good advert for the FA Cup because we played in a very convincing way. I cannot fault one player – everyone was absolutely outstanding.
“We started strong, stayed strong and finished strong. That is what you ideally want but you do not always get it, but today we got it.
“I think it shows as well that this team has moved forward since the beginning of last season. We are now a much more mature team, who knows its way and plays as well fantastic football.”
“Wembley must be magic for me. I scored against England as well as in a semi-final last season, and the final this year.
“It’s always good to score and that was a decisive moment in the game to put us 3-0 up. It was a great feeling and we are a great unit. You could see how we played together. Collectively, we were absolutely great today.”
“It’s been an unbelievable day. To repeat this is not easy at all, so I have to congratulate the players, staff and all the fans here because they’ve been superb. We watched a really nice final because we were top [quality].
“It’s really good [lifting the trophy]. I didn’t want to do it but Per asked me to go up there with him. I thought it was his day and an opportunity for him to get that feeling that I had last year with the Community Shield. I’m really proud and really grateful. It’s a happy day and the best way to finish the season.”
“It’s a bit different from last year. I thought we controlled the game the whole way through and never looked like losing, so we could enjoy it a bit more and get ready for the celebrations. There wasn’t the pressure of not winning a trophy this year. We won it last year, we retained it this year and we can take it in a lot more this time.
“From the minute go, Francis was brilliant and the midfield dominated. Once we got on top of their midfield, with Theo’s pace and Alexis’ trickery, we were going to create chances and we did that.”
“This team is blessed, and we have a fantastic squad. I have been at Arsenal for a long time and this is truly the best squad I have worked with, and I believe we could go and challenge next year.
“That is the ultimate goal. The FA Cup is fantastic and to win it in consecutive years, not many teams have done that, so it just shows how good this team actually is. The manager (Arsene Wenger) has had so much belief in us since day one.”
“I can’t even believe it! It’s been such an amazing season, and to have this to top it off has been amazing. This is a dream that everyone has as a kid to win a trophy like this in a stadium like for a club like this, with all these players. I have no words, I’m just so happy.
“It was a great display from everyone, we worked so hard for this. We finished the season really well so we knew we had to finish it off.”
“It’s a great feeling. It’s unbelievable, winning 4-0 as well with the way we played. I think the whole team has been tremendous and the last six months have been amazing for me. To end it off with a trophy is just great.
“I think we played a great display today. Everyone played really well and we were focused. At 1-0 we fought hard and had to put our chances in. The whole team was really concentrated over the 90 minutes and at the end, to win 4-0 is a bit big for the opponent. I think the performance was superb today and I’m really pleased to get the trophy.”
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