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The Israeli believes both players controlled the match in the middle of the park but that the Gunners lost due to their over-enthusiasm to score the winning goal

Yossi Benayoun has praised young Arsenal midfielders Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong for their performances against Manchester City in the League Cup quarter-final.

The Gunners lost 1-0 after a late Sergio Aguero goal but their youngsters performed well against a City side featuring the likes of former player Samir Nasri.

The Frenchman was involved in a verbal confrontation with Frimpong after the match, however, Benayoun had nothing but praise for the central midfield pairing and said his side’s over-ambition was the reason the Gunners came up short in the end.

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

“Also, he had a partner like Francis 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.

He added: “Man City didn't play better than us but in the end we made a mistake from our corner. 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.”

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