After escaping relegation, Tim Sherwood brought his Villa side to Wembley looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but left in dejection following a 4-0 hammering.
Surprise starter Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead at the end of a first half in which the Londoners dominated, Per Mertesacker scored the third and substitute Olivier Giroud rounded off the win at the death.
But the pick of the goals undoubtedly came from Alexis Sanchez, who hammered a 25-yard screamer in off the bar just after the restart.
Some of the Villa fans who had made the 115-mile trip to the capital left early while the Arsenal supporters rejoiced at retaining the FA Cup with ease.
The Gunners have now won the trophy a record 12 times and Wenger has been at the helm for half of them.
The Frenchman may have had his critics over the second part of his 19-year reign at Arsenal, but his cup pedigree cannot be questioned.
Only George Ramsay, who managed Villa from 1884-1926, has won the same number of FA Cups as Wenger.
It was the early-season form of Sanchez, a £30million summer signing from Barcelona, that propelled Arsenal to their third-placed league finish this term, and the final will be remembered for the Chilean’s fantastic strike.
But the likes of Mesut Ozil, Walcott, and Santi Cazorla deserve credit for their excellent performances in this win – the biggest in an FA Cup final since Manchester United beat Chelsea by the same scoreline in 1994.
On the day the FA was criticized for allowing Emirates to put its name to the organization’s most famous trophy, the supporters inside Wembley showed the spirit of the oldest cup competition in football was still very much alive.
The Villa fans, waving claret and blue flags on their first new Wembley final, made their team feel welcome on their trip south, but Arsenal looked very much at home in north London.
The Villa defense had to work extremely hard to repel the Gunners as they launched attack after attack on Shay Given’s goal.
Cazorla performed a series of stepovers to bamboozle the Villa defense, but his square ball across the box was cut out by Ron Vlaar.
By the time 10 minutes had passed, Arsenal had taken three corners and Villa’s defense was creaking.