Midfielder Fabrice Muamba has joined newly-promoted Birmingham City on a permanent deal, having spent the 2006/07 season on loan with the Blues.

Muamba, 19, helped steer Steve Bruce's side to promotion with 41 appearances in all competitions this season.

Having made his first team debut for Arsenal last season in the Third Round of the Carling Cup, when he played the full 90 minutes in the victory at Sunderland Fabrice also played the full 90 minutes in the Fourth Round victory over Reading.

England youth international Muamba, was also a regular in the Reserves last season, making a total of 24 appearances for Neil Banfield's side.  

Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Fabrice the best of luck for his future and career with Birmingham City.

Earlier on Friday Arsène Wenger confirmed that Muamba had been in talks with Birmingham. "He is a highly-rated player but he has a lot of competition and he is in a position that if he comes back straight away it will be very hard for him to play," said the Arsenal manager.

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11 May 2007