Young Gunner hoping for taming of the Shrews

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Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe is counting on his fellow teammates to turn The Gunners' fortunes around and down Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

The club begin their assault on the League Cup, a season on from their heartbreaking defeat to Birmingham City in February's final.

Arsene Wenger is expected to make a number of changes to the Arsenal side that lost to Blackburn on Saturday, and Afobe, who is unavailable, is hoping the club's young players can see off their League Two opponent.

"In cup competitions any side can beat another on their day, so I'm sure that the boys won't be taking Shrewsbury lightly," he said.

"They are doing very well in League Two, so they will be a side that are used to winning games.

"They might feel that they have a good chance of progressing against our youthful reserves and try to give us a tough game, but we will need to overcome that and show what we can do to win the game.


"I'm still injured at the moment, so I'm disappointed because it could have been a big chance for me to play.

"Hopefully, the young lads will still get a chance against Shrewsbury and do enough to get through, so that I can hopefully feature in the next round.

"I'll still go down and the support the boys because a lot of them will be making their first-team debut.

"This competition, like every one, is important to us and it is the first that you can win during the course of the season.

"Hopefully we can go all the way once again this year and go one better by lifting the trophy as well."

Laurent Koscielny's late error denied Arsenal their first trophy in six years against The Blues, and they'll be looking to make amends starting at The Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Arsenal have won the League Cup on two occasions, in 1987 and 1993.

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