Stathis Tavlaridis has joined Lille on loan for six months. The Greek central defender will spend the remainder of the season with the French First Division club.

Stathis has been a mainstay of Eddie Niedzwiecki's reserve team this season, forging a promising partnership with young American defender Frankie Simek.

The 23-year-old, who spent four months on loan at Portsmouth last season, has also been ever-present during Arsenal's Carling Cup run which has seen victories over Rotherham, Wolves and West Brom.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Stathis the best of luck during his time with Lille.

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