Toure - Gunners still learning

Arsenal defender sees positive future for Wenger's men

Toure: Upbeat

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Kolo Toure believes Arsenal's youngsters will bounce back stronger from their FA Cup heartache.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 defeat against capital rivals Chelsea on Saturday as their progress in English football's most prestigious knockout competition came to an end at the semi-final stage.

Arsene Wenger's side had taken the lead in the Wembley contest through Theo Walcott, but saw the Blues hit back through Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba.

Toure admits to being disappointed to get so close to a major final only to come up short, but insists positives can be taken from the setback.

"You can only learn from these types of games, because they are so intense," said the 28-year-old centre-back.

"When you make some mistakes, they can cost you, which is what happened against Chelsea.

"We will just have to try not to do that again."

He added: "This can be just the start for this team, because there are some really good players coming through.


"The season started really badly, but we have come back very well.

"We hope to keep going now and improve the way we are playing."

Toure has now turned his attention to a Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday, and the Ivorian defender feels another big game is just what the Gunners need.

"The good thing is that we only have a couple of days to get this loss off our back," he said.

"We will head to Liverpool on Tuesday and look to get the three points.

"Our target is now the league and Europe.

"We will stay focused for that.

"We just have to put all this to the back now and focus on the next game."