Photo: Defender all-smiles after completing Arsenal transfer

Julio Pleguezuelo joins FC Twente
Julio Pleguezuelo joins FC Twente

The transfer window is less than a week in and several teams are looking to strengthen ahead of next season. One of such teams is Arsenal who have just confirmed their first transfer of the season with the departure of Spanish defender Julio Pleguezuelo to Twente.

Twente announced the capture of the defender and acknowledged that they had been monitoring the player for the past two seasons. Pleguezuelo spent the  latter half of last season on loan at Spanish side Gimnastic before returning to the Emirates stadium last summer.

The 22-year-old joined Arsenal in 2013 having played for the youth ranks of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. He made his debut for the club last season in the Carabao Cup but has not been selected into the first team since then.

He was a starter in the Arsenal u23 squad this season but it looks like the former Spain youth international would have to kickstart his career in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to bring a few signings to the club in the summer.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha and Lille ace Nicolas Pepe have been linked to a move to the club. It remains to be seen how the club would go about their business in the summer.


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