Arsenal have agreed to the permanent transfer of Stathis Tavlaridis to French Division One club Lille, with whom the 24-year-old defender spent the second half of last season on loan.

The transfer is expected to take effect from 1 July 2004 on conclusion of the current loan period.

The former Greek Under-21 international, who has joined Lille for an undisclosed fee, joined Arsenal from Iraklis Saloniki in September 2001 and made 10 appearances for the first team during his time at the Club.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Stathis the best of luck for the future.




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28 Jun 2004