By Declan Taylor
Kolo Toure will put Saturday’s FA Cup heartbreak to the back of his mind as Arsenal target success in the Premier League and Europe.
The Ivorian defender played 90 minutes at Wembley as Arsenal succumbed to a late Didier Drogba strike after Theo Walcott’s volley had been cancelled out by Florent Malouda before half time.
It was a cruel end to a fine FA Cup run that saw the Gunners score 12 goals and concede only twice in their five games before the Semi-Final.
But, despite the disappointment, there are still reasons to be cheerful for Arsène Wenger’s young side. They lead fifth-placed Aston Villa by seven points, with a game in hand and a far-superior goal difference, and they face Manchester United in the Champions League Semi-Final first leg at the end of the month.
According to Toure, Saturday’s defeat can galvanise the team for their remaining challenges and he’s confident that the youthful Gunners can emerge stronger from their disappointment.
"We just have to put all this to the back now and focus on the next game,” he said. "Our target is now the League and Europe.
"The good thing is that we only have a couple of days to get this loss off our back. We will head to Liverpool on Tuesday and look to get the three points.
"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.
“You can only learn from these types of games, because they are so intense. 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."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source