Yossi Benayoun has admitted it will be ‘difficult’ to decide his future, but to a certain extent it remains out of his hands as he must report back to Chelsea at the end of Arsenal’s campaign in order to discuss his options.
The Israeli international has impressed in bursts for the Gunners, usually starting in the larger matches with Wenger preferring the more experienced option out wide rather then the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain or Gervinho. But will he become an Arsenal player permanently when his loan deal expires next month?
The 31-year-old has made 16 appearances and scored twice including a fine finish in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory away at Wolves, and despite his tight connection with his parent club Chelsea, he is still 100% focused on Arsenal’s season run-in.
He told The Evening Standard:
I think it is difficult to speak now about the future.
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It is better to concentrate on the five weeks that are left and do my best for the club. I am fully committed to Arsenal and after we will see.
After June 30, I am going back to Chelsea and then the club and I need to decide. Each one has to think what is best for them.
I will not lie, I love Chelsea, because I have a good relationship there. I didn’t play much, because I had a big [Achilles] injury.
I still have a lot of friends there I talk to every day. Of course I want them to do well, but it is difficult.
Benayoun has managed to cement a starting spot over the past two matches and is eager for his run in the starting lineup to continue. He knew it was not going to be an easy task to push his way into the starting lineup when he first arrived last summer, but he has certainly warranted more game time recently:
When I came, I believed in myself that I could play more. I knew there are a lot of quality players but I was ready.
It is the job of the manager to decide who plays but because I was so patient and I always give 100 per cent it is now coming right for me.
I came into the team and we beat Manchester City and last night we won and I scored. I really want to keep my place.
He has mainly been a bit-part player for the Gunners, and although his experience has been valuable I find it hard to see Wenger purchasing the midfielder permanently. Benayoun has been useful with Arsenal’s midfield depleted with the past summer’s selling and injuries, but the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Miyaichi will be more exciting options for Arsenal next season.
In saying that, I think I prefer Benayoun over Gervinho at present for the upcoming fixtures as the Israeli is more of a team player and and is able to come inside and conver in the midfield on occasion. But Oxlade-Chamberlain is definitely the most preferred option out wide on the left, with Walcott a sure starter now.
What are your thoughts on the versatile midfielder? Do you think Wenger should make a move for him and bring him back to the Emirates next season permanently? Or should we just thank him and send him on his way? Feel free to comment below..