Young defender Julio Pleguezuelo has signed professional terms with the Club.

The 17-year-old has been a mainstay of the under-19s and under-18s this season. He helped Arsenal reach the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals, and has played a key part in the Club’s FA Youth Cup run, which now sees them face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

A Spain youth international, Pleguezuelo joined the Gunners from Barcelona in summer 2013.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Julio on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progression with the Club.

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