By Joe Brewin

Yossi Benayoun has praised the performances of Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin in Arsenal’s unfortunate Carling Cup exit on Tuesday night.

Sergio Aguero’s late goal sealed Manchester City’s route to the Semi-Finals as Arsène Wenger’s side pushed for a winner of their own.

Benayoun captained the side at Emirates Stadium and he was particularly impressed by the young midfield duo playing just behind him.

“Frimpong played with a lot of confidence and spirit,” Benayoun told Arsenal Player.

“Also, he had a partner like Francis [Coquelin] in midfield who was very good for him and they controlled it.

“Manchester City have a lot of quality players and they did a great job. In the end we were unlucky.

“I think in the Carling Cup games you see a lot of young players coming in, doing their best and I think a few of them showed that they have a bright future for Arsenal.

“Man City didn't play better than us but in the end we made a mistake from our corner,” he added. “They have the players with a lot of quality to win the game.

“We wanted to win, sometimes you get excited. We wanted to win the game and we were controlling the game. There was a corner, we forgot to defend and they scored - it was a shame.”

You can watch the full interview with Yossi on Arsenal Player.

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30 Nov 2011