By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes his side’s defeat to Manchester City is all part of their learning curve.

First-half substitute Sergio Aguero hit a late winner from an incisive City breakaway to end Arsenal’s Carling Cup hopes for another season.

Wenger included five players under the age of 21 for the visit of Roberto Mancini’s star-studded team and says the experience will help their development.

“I told them it was naive to concede a goal from a corner of your own,” he told Arsenal Player. “That's just a learning process and I feel sorry we lost a game like that which we shouldn't have.

“We dominated and in the second half I think we were on top. Even going to extra time I feel we would have won the game.

“We want to continue our unbeaten run in the Premier League now, that's where it is important,” he added. “Overall it's a shame to lose a game like that at home, especially when you feel you do not deserve to lose it.

“But the spirit has been excellent again and that will take us far.”

The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.

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30 Nov 2011