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Semi Ajayi will see out his Arsenal contract on loan at Cardiff City

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Arsenal defender Semi Ajayi has joined Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season, meaning he'll see out the remainder of his contract away from the Emirates Stadium.

The 21-year-old starlet had been tipped for a bright future in north London, even drawing comparisons to Gunners legend Sol Campbell during the past two years at London Colney.

Ajayi has featured regularly for Arsenal's development squad this season - making ten appearances - but failed to make the step up to Arsene Wenger's first-team, although he was named on the substitutes bench in the Premier League on three occasions in games against Hull City, Stoke City and Newcastle United.

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The Nigeria U21 international first joined the Gunners in 2013 after spending the early part of his burgeoning football career as part of the Charlton Athletic academy, but failed to make a single senior appearance for the club.

He'll be hoping to get some regular action under his belt with the Bluebirds in the Championship and hopefully earn himself a permanent contract seeing as his existing Arsenal agreement expires at the end of 2014/15.

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Russell Slade's side have endured a largely disappointing campaign themselves, and currently lie in 14th place in the second tier table with 51 points from 39 games.

With a 16-point gap between themselves and the play-off places there is very little hope of Cardiff mustering a late promotion charge, even if they were to gain maximum points from their remaining seven games.

However, they'll be hoping that Ajayi's arrival in South Wales will at least help improve the team's fortunes with tough fixtures against Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest to follow between now and May 2.

Either way it looks as though the youngster's time with Arsenal is about to come to an abrupt end after failing to impress Wenger enough to secure a contract extension.

Stiff competition at the Emirates

With Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and the January arrival of Gabriel Paulista, the Gunners have much more strength and depth at the heart of central defence, with Calum Chambers another option capable of deputising in the middle of the back four.

Arsenal fans: Do you think Arsene Wenger will regret letting Semi Ajayi leave the Emirates without even giving him a chance to impress in the Gunners first-team? Have your say below…

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