By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes experience will be vital in helping his side recover from their Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat to Bradford.

The League Two side caused a major shock when they beat Arsenal in a penalty shoot-out at the Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wenger is still frustrated by the result, but says it is important his side now turn their focus to the next game - against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

“I can understand that people criticise when the results are not as expected,” the manager said.

“It looks like it has become the modern way to think. You say that 16 years [in charge] can be a handicap, but it can also be an advantage because you have experience, you love the Club.

“If I sit here, it is because I have really shown how much I love this Club. We have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.

“Experience is vital. Having said that, in 16 years, it’s the first time we have gone out against [a team from] a lower division. It is one time too many, but our record still shows we have been consistently focused on the competition.

“We prepared for the game seriously and I don’t believe there is much more to say about that. We have to swallow that and take care of what’s important - the future.

“Our season will not be judged on how well we do in the Capital One Cup, but how well we do in the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup.”

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14 Dec 2012