Arsenal's Julio Pleguezuelo says there will be no holiday for him as he seeks first-team chance

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One of Arsenal's talented teenagers is hoping to impress Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal youngster Julio Pleguezuelo has been speaking to the Gunners’ official website about his hopes for next season.

The Spanish right-back is yet to make his senior debut for Arsene Wenger’s side, but he clearly has his eyes on that very prize in the not-too-distant future.

The 18-year-old has featured seven times for Arsenal’s under-21s this season – and 12 times in total – and he could one day be challenging his countryman Hector Bellerin for his position.

Then again, he could break through in another position, having recently played as a centre-back for Arsenal’s young side.

Pleguezuelo has turned out in the centre of defence for his last two appearances for the under-21s and he scored his first goal at that level in the recent 4-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

That said, the player admits he is not the tallest and it would be a surprise if he did not ultimately make the right-back spot his own, either at Arsenal or elsewhere.

“I’m not the tallest centre-back so I have to work on my jumping,” Pleguezuelo said.

“I’m going to work hard during pre-season, non-stop, and there will be no holidays for me. I’m going to have a very good season next year and it would obviously be great to get some minutes for the first-team or at least get the chance to be involved with them in training.”

It is clear Arsenal have a young player who is fully focused on breaking into Wenger’s senior side and if he does work as hard as he is promising over the summer, who knows what the future could hold for him?

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