Arsenal enquire over ex-Liverpool playmaker - reports

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Arsenal have made an enquiry to Chelsea over the availability of Yossi Benayoun, according to reports.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamdford Bridge this summer, with a handful of clubs across Europe thought to be keen on the Israeli international.

Lille are thought to be one of the front-runners for the 31-year-old, but Sky Sports News now claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made contact with the Blues over the player.

Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his Gunners in the closing stages of the transfer window, with the 8-2 humiliation against Manchester United on Sunday emphasisng the need for additional bodies at the Emirates.

The sale of former captain Cesc Fabregas and French international Samir Nasri, coupled with a handful of injuries, have left Arsenal particularly weak in the midfield, an area the manager has highlighted as a position he'd like to strengthen.

Benayoun, who moved to England in 2005 before joining Liverpool at Anfield in 2007, would add versatility to the Arsenal ranks, and would be capable of playing wide in a favoured 4-3-3 formation.

The player moved to Anfield for £5 million in 2007, and spent three years with Liverpool before leaving the club three years later.

A £5.5 million exit from Liverpool was confirmed the day after Roy Hodgson's appointment on Merseyside, but first team opportunities have been hard to come by with the Blues under both Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas.

The former Porto boss is thought to be willing to let the player leave, and now Arsenal are showing significant interest in the player.

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