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What happened to Arsenal’s 2015 FA Cup winners?

Three years ago today, Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0.

It was certainly not as stressful as what happened at Wembley 12 months previous – when Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down with Kieran Gibbs heading off the line – but it was equally as satisfying.

Arsenal were in complete control from the first minute against relegated Aston Villa – who did not have a shot on target.

What struck me was the goal scorers that day. Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud. Who would have thought all four would have departed just 3 years later.

That day Santi Cazorla was named Man of the Match. He joins the goal scorers by leaving Arsenal this summer.

These little snippets then made me look at the entire match day squad from 2015, and investigate “where are they now?”

 

For Wojciech Szczęsny, the FA Cup Final would be the last time he would be seen in an Arsenal shirt. what followed was a 2 year loan to Roma before he joined Juventus as the eventual replacement for Gianluigi Buffon.

Captaining Arsenal that day was Per Mertesacker. He retires this summer. Also leaving the club this summer on a free is Santi Cazorla.

In January, we saw a quadruple of exits. Francis Coquelin went to Valencia, where he joined Gabriel Paulista  who returned to Spain in the summer of 2017.

Three of the goal scorers that day also left in January. Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in a massive merry-go-round of players and Theo Walcott went to Everton. Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United,

Kieran Gibbs, who saved the day with a goal line clearance the season before which would have seen Arsenal go 3-0 down, went to WBA where he got relegated.

Thinking the grass was greener, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went to Liverpool in a big money move in the summer of 2017. Inconsistent performances and injury showed that sometimes it is the player, not the manager.

Finally, Mathieu Flamini Went to Crystal Palace and became a billionaire.

With the futures of Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina and Aaron Ramsey in the balance this summer, Arsenal could be in a situation where just 3 players remain from that victorious team 3 years ago.

Keenos

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Arsenal win the FA Cup – And it ruined some Arsenal fans weekend

I am still probably over the limit to drive anywhere. A bender that started before Noon in Islington on Saturday ended after midnight Monday morning. The White Swan on Highbury corner have made hundreds from me over the weekend.

Somewhere in between me spending a good 24 hours in a single pub over the bank holiday weekend was a football match. A glorious day. A day when the unsung hero’s stood up and were counted.

It is now 3 days since that victory (or is it 4?) so I will not analyse the game too much, that has been done hundreds of times since we won. But Saturday’s victory was sensational – with the stand out stars those who often get criticised or over looked.

Who would have thought a defence of Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal would deal with the aggressiveness of Diego Costa and silky skills of Eden Hazard so easily.

Rob Holding is a star in the making. I do not want to go OTT with him as he needs to develop in his own time. He made a few mistakes at the weekend, one of which led to a goal, the other a good chance for Costa. But as long as he keeps his head down, working hard, he will become a future England international. £2m is the bargain of the century.

Next time him, big Per Mertesacker put in the type of performance that led him to win 100 caps for Germany. The experienced campaigner had barely played for 13 months. Chelsea would have been licking their lips at the mere mention of him starting. But he was a giant at the back, and made the game look very easy.

Then we have Nacho Monreal on the left hand side of the back 3. In the back end of the season, the left hand side of the defence was the weak point. We did not have a natural left sided centre back. With performances like the weekend, Monreal might have just made that position his.

We also dominated the middle of the park. Granit Xhaka put in the world class performance that was the norm for him in Germany. He has had an average first season in England, but over the last month or so has really grown as a player. Get a good pre-season under his belt and we have one of the best central midfielder in Europe.

Next to Xhaka is the much criticised Aaron Ramsey. He of two FA Cup winning goals. The new formation has giving him the licence to get forward, make those late runs in the box that made him such a threat a few years ago. The middle two seemed to have great balance, full of running, and dominated Kante and Matic.

We won because we were hungrier, we won because we wanted it more, we won because we were better on the day.

It really is unbelievable that some fans, rather than get on it and spend the weekend celebrating, sat online moaning all day. I have conversed with some absolute bellends over the last few days who have refused to celebrate Arsenal winning a trophy.

Imagine a world where you are an Arsenal fan and Arsenal winning the FA Cup ruins your bank holiday weekend.

These are the types of pillocks who talk about their hatred of Modern Football, and hark back to the great days of the 70s and 80s, yet disregard winning the FA Cup as we failed to finish Top 4 or make waves in the Champions League. Against modern football, but are modern football.

Give me the FA Cup over a top 4 finish any day of the week. The weekend has been brilliant. Winning the FA Cup makes it a successful season, a glorious season. If winning the FA Cup ruined your weekend, then you need to have a long hard look at yourself. Your a little bit of a sad case.

I am already buzzing for next season.

Keenos