Benayoun keen for Gunners stay

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Arsenal loanee Yossi Benayoun is already targeting a permanent deal with the Gunners, despite having featured just twice for the club since his deadline day move from Liverpool.

The Israeli made his debut against Swansea City last weekend, before playing in the club's Champions League group stage opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

But it's taken little time for the 31-year-old to realise his immediate future lies at the Emirates Stadium.

"Of course, I think any player would want to do that," Benayoun said. "But, for me, the main thing is concentrating on having a good season and trying to take this opportunity with both hands. I’m sure, if I do well, the connection will continue together.

"Especially when you get to a big club, you want to win trophies. I was very close with Liverpool and was also very close with West Ham. When you reach a club like Arsenal, you dream about winning trophies and I’m sure we have the quality to do it.


"It is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. I have been lucky enough to play for a few big clubs in my career and when I got the chance to play for a big club like Arsenal, it was like a dream come true."

Arsenal's start of one win in their first four games in the league, coupled with the irresistible form of Manchester City and Manchester United, has led many to write off Arsene Wenger's side off from making a challenge for the title this season, but according to Benayoun no-one should write off the Gunners.

"I think it is very early but you can understand why they are saying that," Benayoun added.

"At the moment, they are playing the best football and are winning their games quite easily. I still think there are still other teams, like us, Chelsea and Liverpool, who can push them all the way."

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