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Yossi Benayoun faces Arsenal D-day as Chelsea push for transfer answer
Chelsea have told London rivals Arsenal they want a decision by the end of the week on whether they plan to sign on-loan winger Yossi Benayoun on a permanent basis.
The Blues, fresh from winning the Champions League last weekend, have already told Benayoun he can leave this summer, and want Arsenal to decide this week if they will sign him on a permanent basis, or Chelsea will seek an alternative buyer.
Benayoun has revealed to Arsenal officials that he would be happy to stay at the club, but on the pretence that he is offered a 2-year-contract, something Wenger is unlikely to do, given the players age.
Chelsea are expected to accept offers in the region of £1 million for Benayoun.
£1m seems a bargain price for a player who clearly has a worth as a very solid back-up option in Arsene Wenger’s youth orientated squad.
Clearly the Gunners boss has a penchant for forever planning for the future but he undoubtedly sees the worth in bringing in experienced players from time to time to help add balance and Yossi Benayoun showed signs of real improvement as last season wore on.
With a player like the 31 year old Israeli you know exactly what you get. A committed determined individual who makes things happen. The Chelsea man has a good footballing brain and he combined with with the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Robin Van Persie when called upon and if all that stands between a move to the Emirates Stadium is a demand to receive a two year deal, that seems a fair price to pay for a player who would cost the Gunners next to nothing.
Last term the former West Ham & Liverpool man scored six goals from 15 starts, and another ten appearances from the bench, and laid on a decent number of assists and consistently proved himself to be a move effective attacking weapon than Gervinho, a player who repeatedly replaced Benayoun from the subs bench.