Arteta would have been keen to keep a winning run going before the clash against Fulham next weekend, but that wasn’t to be the case against the inspired visitors.
According to Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Sport, Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz was on the scoresheet, with 19-year-old Jacob Ramsey netting twice.
Their Spanish boss said after Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties: “I’m so happy.
“I knew the challenge we were facing today. Thank you to the players for the effort and the performance.
“The courage of the team [was the most pleasing], how aggressive we were without the ball and to break the pressure of Liverpool. I knew in the second half we would suffer.
“This generates belief, to be able to compete against a team like this in a final makes me happy.”
Aubameyang is yet to commit his future to the club despite the confidence of Arteta, having stated after the aforementioned match that talks were ongoing.
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He said after Aubameyang scored the decisive penalty: “Big games, big moments, big players.
“He has responded really well to that kind of pressure. He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and the same today.”
With the striker adding: “We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, that’s it.
“We are improving. There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.”