Wenger to make decision on midfielder deal

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Chelsea have reportedly set Arsenal a deadline until the end of the week to make a decision on whether or not they intend to make Yossi Benayoun's loan deal a permanent one.

Benayoun joined the Gunners on deadline day last summer as Arsene Wenger tried desperately to compensate for the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

The acquisition of the Israel international proved to be a shrewd piece of business by Wenger, as Benayoun scored six goals in 25 appearances for Arsenal.

Benayoun found the next twice in Arsenal's final three games of the season to help secure third position in the Premier League and an automatic place in next season's Champions League.

However, according to Metro, Wenger is yet to decide if he intends to keep Benayoun at the Emirates Stadium, and Chelsea are now forcing the Arsenal boss to make a decision.

Chelsea will reportedly accept as little as £1 million for the 32-year-old, who signed for the Blues from Liverpool in the summer of 2010.

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