That Benayoun would join Chelsea’s city rival’s Arsenal came as a surprise to many, however, for the 31 year old, his decision was as a result of the freedom Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich granted him.
“I was negotiating with three teams, but as soon as I heard Arsenal were in, I knew it was a big chance for me.
“I knew that with Villas-Boas, I felt I would not get enough credit, although I felt good in the pre-season and I did a few good games, so I took the decision (to go on loan). I have not played as much as I would want but it is great to be at a club like Arsenal. The dressing room is so great and to be at a big club is always nice,”
Truthfully speaking, i have never been a fan of Benayoun, probably because i think his decision to leave Liverpool is the main reason for his current under par form, however, i must admit that since joining Arsenal, (though he has not played too often), his form has started to improve albeit slowly. Next on the cards for Benayoun is a crunch league match against giant slayers Wigan at the Emirates on Saturday which Yossi seems very confident about.
“The most important thing is to concentrate on these five weeks and whatever will be, will be.” he said.
The match precedes their crunch fixture against Chelsea a week later and one that could hamper or solidify their hold on third place With a year left on his Contract at the Stamford Bridge, it will be interesting to see what Benayoun will choose to do next.
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