Confirmed: Released Arsenal star Semi Ajayi joins Championship side Cardiff City

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Arsenal’s released youngster Semi Ajayi has joined Cardiff City.

As confirmed by Arsenal’s official website and Cardiff City’s official Twitter account, Semi Ajayi has completed a move to the Bluebirds following a successful trial spell.

Ajayi, a Nigerian U21 international, moved to the Gunners in 2013 and became a permanent fixture in the club’s U21 team during his debut campaign at the club, performing well.

Following his progression in North London, the popular centre-back joined Cardiff on loan last season and impressed boss Russell Slade during a trial period.

With the Gunners making a decision on a number of youngsters this summer, Ajayi missed out on a long-term contract at the Emirates but was soon signed up by the South Wales outfit.

What does Semi Ajayi’s move to Cardiff mean?

While Ajayi failed to make an appearance for Cardiff towards the end of last season, boss Russell Slade evidently sees his potential and wants him for the long-term.

The Bluebirds are currently overloaded with defenders, but cutbacks are likely to ensue and Ajayi will provide youthfulness and competition for places in the meanwhile.

The club suffered relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago and a failure to make an immediate return will have a big impact on their playing staff this summer.

Slade is said to be interested in bringing in young, hungry players and in Ajayi he has a potential top-drawer centre-back to work with over the next two years or more.

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