Julio Pleguezuelo has admitted he’s really pleased to be joining Dutch side FC Twente this summer, after coming to the end of his contract with Arsenal.

Julio Pleguezuelo signing for new club FC Twente (Photo via FCTwente.nl)

FC Twente announced the signing of the 22-year-old Arsenal defender on Tuesday after he agreed on a two-year contract with an option for a third. Speaking to the club’s official website, Pleguezuelo made it clear just how happy he is to have resolved his future with a move to Twente.

“I’m just very happy to be joining this amazing club,” Pleguezuelo told FCTwenteTV. “My first impression is of an amazing stadium, amazing vibes I’m feeling at the moment and I just can’t wait to get started. I’m coming here to help the team, to give my everything for this team and I think we can achieve big things together.”

Even though it’s been fairly clear for a while that Pleguezuelo would be on the way out this summer, he says the actual transfer to FC Twente happened pretty fast.

“Everything’s happened quite quickly in the last couple of weeks, but I’m just so happy the way it worked out. I’m really happy to be here now. Just a couple of weeks to go now (until his contract with Arsenal officially ends and he joins Twente for good), just can’t wait to get started.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Julio Pleguezuelo of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Julio Pleguezuelo of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Though things didn’t really work out for Pleguezuelo under Unai Emery this season, he did at least manage to make his senior debut in the League Cup last October. Unfortunately, a poorly-timed injury soon after and a scattered display in the friendly against Al-Nasr in March seemed to seal his fate as an Arsenal player.

You certainly couldn’t doubt Pleguezuelo’s passion and fight whenever he took to the pitch for Arsenal, at any level. As soon as the match started he would be in the faces of the opposition, battling for every ball and arguing every decision. I’m sure he’ll be doing the same for his newly-promoted Eredivisie side next season.