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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side will take the Capital One Cup seriously this season, as they look to end their eight year run without a trophy.

The Gunners travel to fellow Premier League outfit West Brom in the third round tomorrow, and Wenger recognises the competition as an opportunity for trophy success.

However, despite wanting to take the competition seriously this year, Wenger looks set to make a number of changes to his side that saw off Stoke City in the Premier League last weekend.

Serge Gnabry, who was a surprise inclusion into the Gunners' team at the weekend, will keep his place in the side, and will be joined by other teenagers in the starting line-up as well as the return of Nicklas Bendtner.

And, Wenger has insisted that he will integrate a good balance into the side tomorrow. The Arsenal boss told Arsenal Player: "I will try to find a good balance between experience and youth.

"At the back you will have players you know well. Up front, you have a bit more improvisation and young players.

"You will see Gnabry again - everybody knows him already. Maybe the return of Bendtner as well, who will get a chance. That's the kind of team we will have.

"We want to win this competition as well. I try to find the right balance between giving a needed breather to some players like Wilshere and Ramsey, who have given a lot.

"[I] take the competition very seriously as well because it's an opportunity to win a trophy. We don't want to neglect that.

"Having said that, we play again on Saturday and we play again on Tuesday. We had to play the qualifier of the Champions League which were two tough games."

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