Yossi Benayoun is hoping to prove that he is a worthy starter at Arsenal this season, after the midfielder signed a season-long loan deal with the club from Chelsea on deadline day.
Benayoun was brought in to help alleviate the damage caused by Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri both leaving the Gunners in the transfer window, and the 31-year-old believes that while he has big shoes to fill at the Emirates, he plans to show Arsene Wenger why he was brought to the club in the first place.
“I was very calm,” he told the official Arsenal website. “It was dramatic in the media but I knew I had a few options in England on the final day.
“It was agreed between me and Chelsea to wait until the last day so see if they bring in another player. I knew I had a few offers and when Arsenal came it was an easy choice.”
Benayoun said that after a poor run with injuries at Chelsea, he wants to repay Wenger's faith in his ability at Arsenal, and take the club to their first trophy in over six seasons.
He explained: “I didn’t get a chance at Chelsea because I was injured. I was unlucky. I felt I would not get many chances so I wanted to leave first.
“For me, it was great opportunity for me to play in a great club and in the Champions League.
“I don’t want to show anything to Chelsea. I want to show Arsenal that I deserve to be here and I will prove it. I know they were unlucky in the last few years.
“They were always close and I believe that we can win something. There is a long way to go and we have to improve but we have a lot of quality and will do everything to win a trophy.”
Arsenal have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks if they want to get back into the top four after suffering a disappointing start to the season, and Benayoun will no doubt play a big part in the side as they take on Blackburn this weekend and look to clock up some more points.