Arsenal’s loan signing of Yossi Benayoun took place so late on transfer deadline day that there was no time for standard medical tests to be carried out.
Israeli website One.co.il reports that last Tuesday Benayoun and his agent decided he had to leave Chelsea, and flew from Israel to London via Frankfurt. On deadline day he had a flight leaving for Israel at 2300 UK time.
They go on to say, “Benayoun did not spend a moment at the Arsenal training ground and the club agreed that he did not have to take a medical. Even the fax was sent to the airport in London, just before his flight was to take off. He signed at the airport and immediately left to return to Israel.”
They then quote an Arsenal source who said they had wanted him to stay in London to close off some of the details of the deal, but because of his international committments he took the 2300 flight back to Israel ahead of their 1-0 defeat to Greece.
Benayoun missed most of last season with a serious Achilles injury and for a club like Arsenal, which already has an injury record as long as a mutant’s arm, to sign him without doing a medical represents something of a risk, even if it is just a loan deal.
Israel travel to Croatia for their Group F European Championships qualifier tomorrow night and Benayoun will meet up with his new teammates at Arsenal on Wednesday.
Hat tip to Eran