Arsene Wenger was proud of the efforts of his young players after Arsenal narrowly lost out to Chelsea 2-1 in the Carling Cup final in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
An early Theo Walcott strike gave the Gunners the lead, but the Premiership champions struck back through a Didier Drogba double to take the honours.
However, Wenger said afterwards: "I'm very proud of the performance of my team.
"For long periods we were the better team, but the regrets we have are that we should have put that game beyond Chelsea.
"In the first half we missed the final ball a few times and I feel in the second half the first to score would win the game and it was them. They had a bit more experience and Drogba made the difference.
"We played exceptionally well and showed great quality, but you want the team to be very forceful and take advantage of every chance and I felt we didn't do that.
"We came to win and it was difficult to take but we can be very proud."