Chelsea issue Arsenal deadline over loan star

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Chelsea have told Arsenal they want a quick decision over whether they plan to make Yossi Benayoun’s loan move to the Emirates Stadium permanent, according to the Daily Mail.


Benayoun enjoyed a successful stint in north London this term, making 25 appearances for the Gunners and scoring six goals, including three in his last five matches.


Having initially struggled to force his way into Arsenal’s first team, the Israeli international stepped up admirably when injuries took hold of Arsene Wenger's team towards the tail end of last season, scoring in their final game of the season which helped secure automatic qualification for the Champions League.


Despite ending the season on a high Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave little indication over whether he planned to keep Benayoun on at the Emirates, with the 32-year-old now in limbo over his future.


Now Chelsea are reportedly hoping to force Arsenal’s hand by issuing an ultimatum over the former Liverpool midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.


He is likely to be deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, although he refused to rule out staying with the west London club.


‘Since I came to Arsenal, I have always been committed to one club until the last game of the season,’ he said before Arsenal's last game against West Brom.


‘The only thing I want is for Arsenal to finish in third place – I don’t care about anybody else.


‘When I finish I will have to decide about my future. I am supposed to go back to Chelsea then we will see what the future holds.’

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