Yossi remains patient

Midfielder prepared to wait for opportunities

Yossi Benayoun: Has made just five starts this season but is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance

Yossi Benayoun is keen to earn a regular run in Arsenal's first-team but insists he is prepared to wait for his chance.

The 31-year-old moved across London from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal last August.

The former Liverpool and West Ham man has struggled to force his way into the Gunners midfield so far, making only his fifth start of the campaign in their UEFA Champions League defeat at Olympiakos on Tuesday.

The defeat in Greece was only the club's second in 13 games in all competitions and Benayoun understands why boss Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to change a side in such fine form.

However, the Israel midfielder remains confident in his own ability and he is prepared to be patient.

"I didn't start many games, but every time when I have a chance to start I try to do my best," he said.

Playing well

"The team is playing well. They say you don't change a winning team and we are on a good run so it is very difficult to get into the team.

"The only thing I can do is to wait for any chance I get - it doesn't matter if it is 15 minutes or I get to start, I have to prove myself any chance I get and I am sure I can do it.

"Hopefully when I get the chance I will show it but like I said it is not easy. There is a lot of quality in the team and I will have to be patient.

"Maybe it is a good chance with Christmas coming as we have a lot of games. Even if you don't want to you have to do rotation in some games so hopefully when I get the chance I will prove that I deserve to play more."