Following Arsene Wenger’s recent press conference held on Thursday, during which he was asked whether a permanent move for Israel captain Yossi Benayoun was likely to happen at the end of the season – Wenger didn’t rule out the move.
Benayoun joined Arsenal on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, and has so far managed to appear twice for his temporary club.
Yossi managed to start the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, a game in which he linked up well with another new signing, Mikel Arteta.
Wenger says he needs more time to see Benayoun in action before deciding on making a move for the Israeli, but early indications are promising for the midfielder, as the Frenchman refused to rule out a permanent move for the Chelsea man.
‘It is too early to say now.’
But when asked if he would rule out a permanent move for Benayoun, Wenger said:
Benayoun is, in my view, still a very good player and is someone that Arsenal need in their midfield – an old and experienced player who can help the youth in the dressing room, during training and someone who can also provide guidance.
Whether or not Wenger decides to sign Benayoun permanently remains to be seen.
But if the midfielder continues to impress in Arsenal colours, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the Emirates on a permanent basis by January, by the latest next summer.
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