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Arsenal will be gunning to re-capture the Premier League Cup trophy this week when they play Doncaster Rovers Belles next week and they also want to mark what would be a special occasion for the club.
The Gunners are seeking to lift their first silverware of the season at Scunthorpe but midfielder Ciara Grant told Women's Soccer Scene: "We are expecting a really tough game (against Doncaster). We have played them once this season and beat them 6-1 so I am sure they will want revenge for that result.
"Anything can happen in a Final - sometimes teams you don't expect to win can come out on top, but we are all looking forward to the occasion and the chance to win our first trophy."
Last season, Arsenal ended up as the runners-up when losing 1-0 to Everton in the Final and Ciara is determined that this will not happen again. "It was a bit disappointing last year but Everton were the better team on the day and deserved to win," she admits. "Hopefully it won't happen again - our aim is just to go out and win and get the League Cup back in our trophy cabinet.
"Donny will probably have more fans than us on the night, because Scunthorpe is quite close to Doncaster, but we have good memories of the ground as we beat Leeds in the Final there two years ago."
The Final will also mark one of the last appearances for the club for Kelly Smith and Alex Scott before they depart for the United States, and Karen Carney will miss the game as she will have already left for Chicago. "I'm sad to see the three girls go," says Ciara, "they are three massive players who will be missed. It's going to be hard but, as a team, we have to come together and carry on without them. It will be their last Final for the club so it will be special for them and they will want to go out with a winner's medal.
"We will be strong enough after they leave, for we still have a squad of over 20 players. We can still beat teams but it will be a little harder. But it is a great chance for the youngsters to step up and get a place in the team - we have got a good structure at the club from the academy onwards so the flow of players will not stop."
The match will also be the last time that Vic Akers will manage Arsenal in a League Cup Final. "You always want to go out and win these games but this will be an extra incentive for us, to win it for Vic," admits Ciara. "He has won numerous trophies with us and to add another one next week would be brilliant."
The League Cup Final will be the first major match involving Doncaster Rovers Belles for several years and Ciara is pleased to see them back. "It's nice to have someone else in a Final," she says, "and really good for a club like Doncaster Belles to get as far as they did, seeing as they had so many problems earlier in the season. Vicky Exley is a good player who has been around for a while and she is sure to relish the occasion, and Rachel Williams is a decent young player that has done really well this season, so it won't be an easy game for us.
"Cup Finals are great days to be involved in. I would just like to play a part and get another medal - you never get too many!"
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