Pleguezuelo boosts Arsenal

Arsenal have announced that 17-year-old defender Julio Pleguezuelo has signed professional terms with the club.

The contract comes as a suitable reward for Pleguezuelo, who has been a mainstay of the Under-19s and Under-18s this season, helping the Gunners reach the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals.

The Spain youth international, who joined the Gunners from Barcelona in summer 2013, has also played a big role in the club's FA Youth Cup run, where they face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Announcing the deal, the club said on its official website: "Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Julio on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progression with the club."