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Julio Pleguezuelo made his Arsenal debut in their Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Blackpool - and now the young defender is targeting an appearance in the north London derby.

A former Barcelona academy player, Pleguezuelo has been with the Gunners since 2013 and was handed his first senior appearance by Unai Emery on Wednesday night.

Arsenal advanced as goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe set them on their way, before Matteo Guendouzi's red card allowed Blackpool to get a foothold on the game.

Julio Pleguezuelo celebrates Arsenal's victory over Blackpool on his debut for the club

Julio Pleguezuelo celebrates Arsenal's victory over Blackpool on his debut for the club

Paudie O'Connor halved the deficit by heading home a corner before the Leeds loanee was also sent off late on.

Pleguezuelo came in as one of nine changes made by Emery from the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace - the only game his side has not won in their last 13 matches.

The 21-year-old looked calm and assured and, after being drawn against local rivals Tottenham in the quarter-finals, Pleguezuelo is hungry to be involved once again.

Asked if his debut was a moment he had been waiting for, Pleguezuelo replied: 'It's been quite a long time since I joined the club, six years to be fair.

'I couldn't be any happier,

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