Former Limerick FC defender Paudie O'Connor set for Halloween date with Arsenal 

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Former Limerick FC defender Paudie O'Connor set for Halloween date with Arsenal 

Former Blackpool and former Limerick FC defender Paudie O'Connor is due to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup tonight

AS his former Limerick FC team mates get set for a crucial Premier Division relegation play-off clash with Finn Harps on Friday, Blackpool’s Paudie O’Connor is heading to the Emirates Stadium to face Premier League giants Arsenal tonight.

O’Connor’s Blackpool side will take on Premier League heavyweights Arsenal in a glamour Carabao Cup fourth round tie at the Emirates Stadium this Wednesday night, 7.45pm.

Blackpool beat QPR 2-0 in the third round to set up a meeting with Unai Emery’s Arsenal side.

Twenty one-year-old Ballybrown defender Paudie O’Connor joined English League One side Blackpool on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United during the summer.

O’Connor has made five appearances for Blackpool, currently 12th in League one, since the start of the season.

The Limerickman was an unused substitute for Blackpool in their 3-2 defeat away to Fleetwood Town in their Sky Bet League One clash on Saturday.

Talented young centre-back O’Connor made his first-team debut for Leeds against Sunderland in April 2018 and penned a new contract at Elland Road prior to linking up with Blackpool. 

O’Connor’s deal at Leeds will run until the summer of 2020 and the club holds an option to extend this by a further 12 months.

Further Championship appearances for the Limerickman came against Preston North End, Aston Villa and Barnsley towards the end of last season.

O’Connor featured 39 times for Limerick FC in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and First Divisions prior to his switch to Leeds.

Starting out for local side Kilcornan, O’Connor also appeared for Breska Rovers and Regional United before being picked up for Limerick’s U19s and moving on to the club’s senior side.