Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes his side’s second successive English FA Cup victory can springboard the club to more silverware next season, after the Gunners defeated Aston Villa 4-0 in the competition’s Final on Saturday to lift the famous prize for a record-breaking 12th-time.
Having already ended their nine-year wait for a trophy last season, with back-to-back FA Cup triumphs, Ramsey is now targeting the English Premier League title.
“It’s a lovely feeling to have, we really wanted it this year – to get the same feeling we did last year,” the Wales international told FATV as he celebrated with his teammates on the pitch at full-time at Wembley Stadium.
“It was a good game and we won it quite comfortably in the end.
“[I’m] just delighted to have this sort of feeling and hopefully we can do the same next year, go a step further and challenge for the Premier League as well.”
12 months ago, the Emirates Stadium outfit were made to work hard for the Cup after coming from two goals down against Hull City in last season’s Final to clinch an extra-time winner, with Ramsey to goalscorer.
A much more comfortable affair was seen this time round in the Final as Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger’s men a first-half lead over Tim Sherwood’s Villa before second-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud rounded of the win.
“We haven’t done it the easy way for a while but we always manage to get the job done,” admitted Ramsey.
“We managed to do it a bit easier this time and we are delighted to just get the win and the trophy back.
“It’s not the easiest thing to do, to win back to back FA Cups, and we have done that now. We are in a good place at the moment so we wanted to build on last year.
“Hopefully next season we can start the season better and get in contention early on and put ourselves in a good place where we can challenge.”
Ramsey also had a word for teammate Walcott, who missed out on last campaign’s Final due to injury, but this time was responsible for breaking the deadlock with a 40th-minute opener.
“I’m delighted for him. Obviously he missed out on it last year so it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
“I’m pleased for him, all the hard work that he has put in over the last year it has paid off, he’s scored in the Final and I can tell you there’s no better feeling.”