Benayoun eyes Gunners deal

Midfielder hoping for permanent move to Emirates

Yossi Benayoun: Is keen to break into the Arsenal team and earn a permanent deal at the Emirates

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun has revealed he hopes to make his move from Chelsea permanent.

The 31-year-old moved to Emirates from Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day last August.

The former Liverpool man has failed to earn a regular place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up so far, struggling to dislodge the in-form Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.

After making just five starts to date, Benayoun is keen to force his way into the side and admits he would welcome an extended stay.

"I enjoy every moment in Arsenal but at the moment I can only concentrate on the year loan," he said.

"We will see at the end of the season. Arsenal have the option to take the rest of my contract with Chelsea, which is another two years.


"But it is too early to speak about it. I need to play more and prove myself and maybe have the chance."

Benayoun also stated his belief that the club can finish in the top four.

Arsene Wenger's men have recovered from a poor start to the season to win six of their last seven league games and rise up to fifth.

Victory over Everton on Saturday will take them above Chelsea and into fourth, with the Blues not playing until Monday.

"We are on a good run and are very close to the top four," he added. "This is the main thing after the bad start at the beginning of the season and we believe we can do it.

"We beat Chelsea away - if you beat Chelsea away you can beat any team and we showed our quality.

"We just need to keep working in every game."