More than an hour before the FA Cup match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at London’s Wembley Stadium was due to start, people were streaming inside the Arsenal Singapore Supporters club house and the atmosphere was slowly building up at Molly Roffey’s Irish Pub.
The pub is the official home of the Arsenal Football Club in Singapore, and where Arsenal fans had congregated early this morning, in great numbers, to catch the match. Supporters were singing club chants and cheering with great gusto and the entire place was jam packed – but totally electric at the same time.
Everyone had been clearly excited – and were all waiting with bated breath at whether the Gunners would be able to retain the trophy that they had won more than a year ago, against Hull City at the same venue.
Time for the match to flag off
The minutes ticked by quickly and before everyone knew it, 12.30am had approached and it was soon time for the match to start.
Right from the word go though, Arsenal’s victory had never been in doubt. The Gunners were firing shots left, right and centre at the Aston Villa goal. It seemed as though the Villans hadn’t even shown up for the game – as they had barely any chances at all. They were a complete different side to the one that had impressively cast Liverpool aside to get to the final.
However, if this was to be any saving grace for the Villans, their goalkeeper, Shay Given, had made quite a few stunning saves at the beginning of the match. But it seemed to be all a matter of when, rather than if, Arsenal would score. And all the fans probably knew this.
Breakthrough came five minutes before half time
Arsenal’s breakthrough came about five minutes before half time, through Theo Walcott’s goal. And as soon as the Gunners went ahead, the atmosphere at Molly Roffey’s became totally crazy with ecstasy. The singing got louder and fans were waving flags and banners in the air, in sheer delight.
And from that point onwards, it had been Arsenal all the way in the game. In fact, soon after the second half had started, Alexis Sanchez netted one of the most memorable goals in an FA Cup final with a dipping 25-yard effort. Indeed, the Gunners had never let Aston Villa get back into the game at all.
Throughout the entire game, the cheering at Molly Roffey’s never let up at all. In fact, the decibels only increased and fans became more ecstatic as each goal hit the net. Yes, it was turning out to be a wonderful night indeed, for Arsenal as well as their fans.
Fourth goal had been the icing on the cake for the Gunners
The fourth and final goal, by Olivier Giroud in the dying minutes of the match injury time, was the icing on the cake for the Gunners – and marked the end of an embarrassing and dismal outing for Aston Villa – a team that many had expected more out of, especially after their stunning run to the FA Cup Final. Perhaps they had run out of steam, just a little too early?
When the final whistle blew, not a single Arsenal fan left the room – no, the 4-0 result in favour of the Gunners was only the beginning. Everyone wanted to celebrate. The scarves and flags came out in full force, and everyone in the room began singing with even more gusto than ever.
The atmosphere was totally electric – providing you were an Arsenal fan. It was indeed a moment to remember for Gunners fans. That’s because Arsenal had not only retained the FA Cup trophy – but had also clinched the trophy for a record-breaking 12th time.
Could this FA Cup triumph be a sign of more to come for Arsenal, next season?
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