Kolo Toure
Manchester City's Dzeko celebrates with Nasri and Toure after scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers during English League Cup match in Wolverhampton.

Kolo Toure is confident Arsenal will end their trophy drought this season, despite their Carling Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday night.

The Gunners were knocked out of the tournament after a late Sergio Aguero goal gave City a 1-0 win at the Emirates.

Arsenal were losing finalists in last year's final and, should they finish trophy-less at the end of the current campaign, their barren run would stretch to seven years.

Arsene Wenger's side are currently 12 points behind City in the race for the Premier League title following their worst start to a season for 58 years.

However, earlier this month they became the first English side to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and with the FA Cup getting underway in January, former Arsenal defender Toure believes his old club will win a trophy this year.

"Can they win something? Definitely," Toure told the Evening Standard. "It's magic: Mr Wenger brings in any player and makes him better. He's a fantastic manager, he knows how to see promising young players and that is a great quality for him.

"They have young players working really hard and they played very well. Emmanuel Frimpong was fantastic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was very good. They made us work very hard.

"Going back to the Emirates was just like going home to your family. I was talking to the boss, who I am still close to and we still talk regularly."

Tuesday night's clash represented Samir Nasri's first return to the Emirates since his £25m move to City in the summer.

The former Arsenal midfielder was booed relentlessly by sections of the home support and was also involved in an altercation with Emmanuel Frimpong after the final whistle.

However, Toure is confident Nasri will shrug of the criticism he received after the match.

"He's a strong boy," said Toure. "For me, it was my third time [returning to the Emirates] and maybe that's why I've got a good relationship with the Arsenal fans.

"Every time I come here they've been fantastic with me. Samir's very clever and he knows what football is. They love him really, that's why they put him under pressure."