Christian Benteke on Aston Villa's FA Cup final defeat

Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup final at the weekend.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has told the Daily Mirror that his side can have no excuses for losing to Arsenal in the manner that they did at the weekend.

Villa lost 4-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final last Saturday, and Benteke has suggested that the scoreline was a fair reflection on the way the game went.

The Gunners dominated over the course of the 90 minutes and Benteke admits that his side came up short on the big occasion.

“When you play in a final, you come with a lot of hope, so to lose like this is a big disappointment," he said.

“Arsenal were better than us. We need to realise the truth, and it’s a sad day for the players and fans."

Benteke's performance in the FA Cup final was poor, but it seems that he still has a number of potential suitors this summer.

The Belgian striker has scored 12 goals in his last 13 games and there are reported to be a number of clubs queuing up to sign him – with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all credited with holding an interest by the Daily Star.

Benteke, though, is seemingly thinking about next season at Villa and wants the side to build on their showings in the latter stages of the 2014/15 campaign, which have been encouraging on the whole.

“If you want to take something positive, it’s the fact we are safe. Now we can look forward to try to build something strong," he said.

Villa secured their Premier League safety after appointing Tim Sherwood and the 46-year-old boss will be expected to make a whole host of changes over the summer as he looks to put his own stamp on a squad inherited from Paul Lambert.

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