Benayoun thanks Gunners as he confirms exit

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Yossi Benayoun has thanked Arsenal fans for their support this season after confirming the end of his loan spell with the Gunners.

The Israeli international returns to Chelsea tomorrow with several notable appearances in the red and white under his belt, but looks increasingly unlikely to pen a permanent deal at the Emirates.

With 12 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge he’s still very much a man in demand, despite being at the tail end of his career, with the likes of Ajax, QPR and former club West Ham United all batting their eyelashes in his direction.

Writing on Twitter, the 32-year-old stated: “My loan spell with arsenal will be officially over tomorrow..I want to say again a big thanks to the fans and the club.

“For the opportunity and the great support and I wish this club all the very best!”

With six goals in 25 appearances, including a great display against Sp*rs in the 5-2 win, Benayoun leaves the club on very good terms with the supporters. While many have expressed a desire to see him handed a two-year contract, it’s more than likely that the player himself will go in search of more playing time elsewhere.

The official opening of the transfer window on 1st July, also sees a flood of loanees returning to London Colney after a year away.

A tearful Denilson has missed out on a month long extension of his loan deal with Sao Paulo after they failed to make the final of the Copa do Brasil, while the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela return in the hope of making a swift exit. Joel Campbell will also return from Lorient hoping he’s done enough to secure a work permit.

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