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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Big Dave
Big Dave
7 years ago

Would have like to have seen him stay…

…Just so we could sing his name to KC and the Sunshine Band again.

Der Gooner
Der Gooner
7 years ago
Reply to  Big Dave

Don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to sing to that tune when the chinless wonder visits next season!

lemon
lemon
7 years ago

I will miss him, he’s a class act.

ken
ken
7 years ago
Reply to  lemon

Me too. He really added something to the squad. Something that incidentally a lot of other players in football do not have. A determination to do things based on effort rather than just talent alone. Best of luck to him.

Gandalf
Gandalf
7 years ago
Reply to  lemon

Aye a real engine!

diefenbaker
diefenbaker
7 years ago
Reply to  Gandalf

Good man…real model pro…thank you and good luck.

Realist
Realist
7 years ago

Could be a big loss, at times it looked like he was the only midfielder trying. Was immense against WBA when others like song went walk about again.
Total respect for the bloke. A proper professional.

alistair
7 years ago
Reply to  Realist

Very true mate. And also he didn’t go about bitching like Nicklas Bendtner, Gallas etc

iSayed
7 years ago

Farewell Yossi! You were immense, scored crucial goals for us, and played an integral role in helping us secure Champions League football. You will be missed!

JustAnotherGuy
JustAnotherGuy
7 years ago

Good luck to Benayoun! Would love to have him back. A superb model professional!

Leite
7 years ago

Good lad,good player he is a class act

GoonerBob
GoonerBob
7 years ago

Goodbye Yossi, you will be sorely missed. One of Wengers better sigings last summer. I hope who ever he plays for when he comes back to the Emirates he gets the respect and applause he deserves.

Sean
Sean
7 years ago

Definitely changed my opinion of Benayoun from dismay at having to make a loan signing from Chelsea to one of pride with his attitude and professionalism, not forgetting some top performances and crucial goals (including away at Villa).

Cheers Yossi!

no comment
no comment
7 years ago
Reply to  Sean

@ sean At least you are honest. I remember so called football experts on here after 1/9/11 saying he was finished in terms of being a good player and now the same guys are saying AW is stupid not to get him back. I do not want AW to get Yann M’Villa. I think he is no different to denilson. The fans who slat Alex Song are clueless about modern football tactics. If you watch where DM for teams such as Italy, Portugal, and Germany play, they are further forward than their playmaker ie Bastian Schweinsteiger plays behind Khedira, Pirlo… Read more »

Lord Teddy Ears
Lord Teddy Ears
7 years ago
Reply to  no comment

Why rate Sean down while I dont totally agree on the M’Villa as bit as he will make a difference to Arsenal the rest does make sense.

I hate it when the forum trolls rate down but dont have the guts to speak up.

Anyway I am all emotional now as I keep having nightmares that iniesta is in fact Gary Newmans love child and keeps signing cars to me in Spanish !!!

puppyguts
puppyguts
7 years ago
Reply to  no comment

i agree that we shouldn’t get M’Villa aswell. i don’t quite understand why there are so many calling for a DM, whoever we bring in arnt going to perform nowhere near aswell as arteta, song or jack in our system. i would rather buy another CB and push vermaelen in to midfield; hes great on the ball and never gets caught in possesion, he would flourish imo

why is my name required
why is my name required
7 years ago

Damn. Sad to see him go. He is a big loss in terms of influence and experience on the pitch and giving 100% in every game he played. i hope other players look at his determination and don’t slack off in a competitive game he

Gaz
Gaz
7 years ago

Sad to see him go. Did a job when required and was thoroughly professional when he wasn’t played. Scored a few vital goals along the way. Good luck to the man. Thanks for everything

sacklad
sacklad
7 years ago

this guy was a class act from start to finish.

it really is a shame it didn’t work out, i had a soft spot for him even if he never really made the cut for a regular starting position.

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM
7 years ago
Reply to  sacklad

It did work out. We got him as a versatile backup player and he did exactly that.

Gunnermaniac
Gunnermaniac
7 years ago

Denilson coming back is going to be a like a new signing. Oh shit!!

Daryl
Daryl
7 years ago

He did a good job for us, but we have to move forward.

I’d personally like to see him go back to West Ham, they loved him there and he’d be a good senior player for them.

Adedayo 'lollydee' Adefioye
Adedayo 'lollydee' Adefioye
7 years ago

I in particular wld miss Bennie, Bennie was and is a Professional! He played big games, made marks, scored goals, I wish he was 3yrs younger, I’m cock sure Arsene wld have had a re-think. Buh its cool, I personally, individually and collectively wish YossiB all the best….#class-Act

BillyBatts
BillyBatts
7 years ago

Not to put a downer on his time with us in any way, but he was most likely on a rather tasty wage packet at Chel$ki that Arsenal would probably be unwilling to match. A team like QPR would more likely be willing to flash more cash in his direction, plus give him a starting role and a two year punt. He was a model pro last season, took his chance when it came along and contributed well above what most people (myself included) would have expected. He is still a very good player with top experience, and deserves a… Read more »

Ref
Ref
7 years ago
Reply to  BillyBatts

No, not qpr. Don’t want him and that joey barton fella mixing it up.
Southampton would be nice though, a little wisdom for the young players. Plus his determination and drive will be an inspiration for staying in the league.

Phyllis
7 years ago

all the best Yossi u did us good. i personnaly would love to see u stay @the emirates but my hands are tied and hav no choice. wish yu well in ur entire career keep on going.

argonaut
argonaut
7 years ago

When he was signed, many thought Arsene had lost his marbles, and was thrashing about because the Arteta deal was in doubt. Then Arteta signed and Yossi seemed surplus to requirements. Nonetheless, he got on with things in a professional manner and proved what a class act he is.

He’s been a great servant to Arsenal in his short time here and will be missed.

cin
cin
7 years ago

Really good professional player who gives everything to his team.

Good luck…….

Humphrey
Humphrey
7 years ago

Well Yossi I have no much to say then to say thank you and God bless you and wish you luck where ever you find your’self. Up GUNNERS !!!!

kreeb
kreeb
7 years ago

I must admit, I wasn’t fond of him when he was a Shitpool player, and was very surprised when Cuntsea signed him. But I have to say I had a change of heart after we had him on loan, and now I’m sorry to see him leave after what he showed at the end of the season. Would have like to have seen him for another year as I still think he’s got it in him to the business for us!

gooner
gooner
7 years ago

Will miss him.
He kept both jol and harry in their positions. Out of the champions league.

Hope he sends the LWC down before he retires.

Lord Teddy Ears
Lord Teddy Ears
7 years ago

Real shame I liked the guy did well and I wish him the best of luck !!!

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside
7 years ago

A LEGEND……………the best loan signing in history………….period.

Der Gooner
Der Gooner
7 years ago

I thought Thierry was a pretty good one!

Uh?
Uh?
7 years ago
Reply to  Der Gooner

Aha, I thought that too.
Creepy!!

Hudson Hornet
7 years ago

If he was that good why do we not keep him?

Belongs at the likes of QPR etc.

Useful player, with some good performances but some of these comments make him out to be player of the year.

Thanks for the laughs people.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot
7 years ago
Reply to  Hudson Hornet

In all seriousness, is there a player you actually like at the club who you’re not going to bitch about at all?

Hudson Hornet
7 years ago
Reply to  Rad Carrot

What do you mean Red Parrot?

I gave the lad his dues, useful player who saved our bacon a few times.

What more you want? Should I wrap a Israeli flag around my arse?

CAGooner
CAGooner
7 years ago
Reply to  Rad Carrot

WARNING! TROLL ALERT!

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Reply to  Hudson Hornet

If it wasn’t for this guy we may be in Europa league you wally.

ben
ben
7 years ago

well done yossi. u did a gr88 job while u was with us an give your heart an soul out there on the pitch….btw i need to ask u fellow gunners a question y im not hearin us linking wit a cb???

Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago
Reply to  ben

Because we don’t need one, that might be the reason

ben
ben
7 years ago

haha u serious smh well isnt it the same defense who had the worst defensive record in arsenal’s history smh u got to b kiddin me …an dont blame it on injuries …a big strong commandin cb wit good physical presence ..cuz i never forgot the game against qpr bobby zamora was to physical for both koscienly an velameen ..an i dont see merta comin in their an makin a difference cuz he is clumsy an for a lad who is 6 4 he not that commandin in the air an to slow to react ….

ben
ben
7 years ago

asene need to focus on the defense .. an im pretty sure he will not make a defensive signin …

Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago

So you’re another person who doesn’t understand how the 25 man rule works

Frog
Frog
7 years ago

Dear Ben,

If your going to be obnoxious, be spell correctly. It make you point a little easier to swallow, even of it is a bit lame and counterproductive.

Thanks,
Frog

Frog
Frog
7 years ago

O man, as I’m talking shit, the iPhone spellcheck has done me again! Anyhow, what I meant was, if you’re going to be a dick, spell properly.
Fail on my part eh?

ben
ben
7 years ago

cuz we need to improve defensively if we are to challenge in the PL an CL

Pascal Cygan's anal beads
Reply to  ben

We have Vermaelen, Koscielny, Hurt-a-sacker and Miqeul, and Song can play there too, that’s why.

ben
ben
7 years ago

merta is clumsy an he isnt suited for the PL look at the simplest mistake that almost cost us games for eg nowrich at the hawtons, wen he was out muscled an fell, chelsea ,an sunderland yall need to go on youtube an look at the sort of goals he let in …an i no yall will use koscienly as an eg when he just arrived at the club…atleast i no from day 1 that kos had some potential an i never doubted that he will become the player he is today cuz i watch him at the pre season… Read more »

DJGoon
DJGoon
7 years ago

A real stinker that he can’t stay with us. Even worse is the shit stain of a club he’s returning to. They don’t deserve him.. D:

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
7 years ago

But why hasn’t he been offered a contract? He was a very useful squad player who gave 100% last season, so why didn’t we keep him? It sounds like he hasn’t got a new deal sorted out and is looking for a club.

With so many crap players in our squad, why are we letting a class player, and a committed performer, slip away?

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

I don’t think he wants to be just a squad player. Agreed though, if we could convince him to stay, we should.

Pascal Cygan's anal beads
Reply to  Fatgooner

At Man United, Chelsea or Man City they can keep whoever they want on the wage bill. Arsenal prefer to spend cash on players with longevity.

Cromulus
Cromulus
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s Chelski property. It’s not up to us to “offer him a contract” without buying him first.

gooner
gooner
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

I think that even if we had offered him a contract, he wouldn’t sign. He’s 32 years old, he has 2-3 years max to give. He wants a regular playing time, which is understandable, but we could not promise him that. Too we didn’t sign him few year ago, the lad has a lot of character and passion for the game (which exactly the things that we lacked). I can understand now why the fans of every team he played for liked him so much. He’s a real professional and a great person. Wish him all the best.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot
7 years ago

Would love to see him stay, but understand that he wants regular playing time. With our packed midfield, that won’t happen.

Thanks for the memories Benny, you were one of the good ‘uns. Wish you the best.

Der Gooner
Der Gooner
7 years ago

I was skeptical to begin with, but he won me over with some great performances and some very important goals. Good luck Yossi!!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
7 years ago

I never expected such commitment from a loan player. I thought he would be going through the motions but he really got stuck in and did himself and us proud. This guy has one of the best attitudes i’ve ever seen from a footballer and I wish him well.
Just one more favour if you don’t mind Yossi? Kick John Terry up his ugly girl hole before you leave Chelsea won’t you? Ta

kiss my arsenal
kiss my arsenal
7 years ago

thanks yossi, i’ll always remember the goal you scored against 5pur2s whilst playing for west ham on the final day of 05/06 that crushed their champions league dreams. top man

Supreet Kini
7 years ago

Thanks Yossi Benayoun, for that goal in 2006 against Spurs, and for being a fine servant during your short stay at the club!

abdul fatah toto
7 years ago

welcom back benayoun

RodGoonerInTtown
RodGoonerInTtown
7 years ago

Benayoun did great for us, also scored the first intue last two flgames that got us third, bet he wished he was w Chelsea a week later though

Pascal Cygan's anal beads

I just wish we’d keep him. A good player. An experienced player. A pretty dependable player. But we don’t have cash to spray everywhere, so I get why he’s moving on.

Poignant Dexter
Poignant Dexter
7 years ago

Sad to see him leave but the positive that I’m hoping to take is that Arsené is now very much of the opinion that we need some older heads in the squad to guide the youngsters. The loan route allows him to bring these older players in without having someone in the way of the younger players looking to make the first XI on a permanent basis. I’m fully expecting to see another loan signing of this ilk during this transfer window and I must confess to being quite excited to see who it may be this time.

Mystic
Mystic
7 years ago

No brainer to take Yossi on a permanent deal, think AW has missed out there. Appreciate he woudn’t want to simply be making up the numbers, but he showed in the 2nd half of last season that wouldn’t necessarily be the case.

Good professional, good experience, good all round player. What does it look like we are getting instead – Denilson: questionable professional, no experience, poor all round player.

Norwegian Stink
Norwegian Stink
7 years ago

Everything I admired Benayoun for, has already been written earlier. Just a suggestion:
Na, na, na, na, na, nana na
Lukasz Podolski
Podolski
Lukasz Podoski-i!
– yeah??

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM
7 years ago

What is that supposed to be?

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Cromulus
Cromulus
7 years ago

Class act. Good guy. Good luck to him.

CAGooner
CAGooner
7 years ago

Rats! I’m sorry he’s going. I have nothing new to add but to repeat what everyone else is saying about Yossi–he contributed mightily when he was on the pitch (and they should have played him more) and was truly a class act.

Good luck wherever you go!

ben
ben
7 years ago

ok lets b honest which postion u all will like to see arsenal strengthen base answer must b based on results from last season???

Frog
Frog
7 years ago
Reply to  ben

I’d like to see our limp dick supporters rooted out. You go first mate. Citeh is that way^.

ben
ben
7 years ago
Reply to  Frog

an your’re a unrealistic cunt …we all no that we need to add to our defense an yet for all ppl like your self just keep denyin it ….past players who came out an said it their selves that we need to add to our def…ateast a quality cb ..

Brian Mendoza
7 years ago
Reply to  Frog

And why would we need more defenders? What we actually need is to defend better, which can be achieved with the players we have. We have Kos, Verm and Mert, 3 quality CBs which can be used depending on opposition. We also have 2 decent backups in Djorou and Miquel. 2 excellent LBs in Gibbs and Santos and 2 excellent RBs in Strong Tackle Bacary Sagna and Jenks.

Personnel isn’t the problem, it’s them performing their job better that’s the problem, which can be fixed on the training ground.

ben
ben
7 years ago
Reply to  Frog

so u all really think djorou and merta is quality lolllol smh if wenger doesnt sort this out an goes with the same players he has at his disposal at the back i can see you all callin for wenger’s head again when things not goin to good lol wait an see….

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago
Reply to  Frog

Past players like Paul Merson who hates Wenger or Ian Wright who doesn’t have a good word to say about Arsenal despite the fact we made him the player he turned into. How about Piers Morgan, I bet you’re a big fan of his.

You talk down to everyone who comments, with an obnoxious, condescending tone and just come across as a bit of a prick

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner
7 years ago

Will miss Yossi a great deal, I was so happy when I saw his name amongst the new signings last season even as he was on loan from ch**shit.

Hope he could stay, he is a true and decent player, worthy Professional.

Good luck Yossi Benayoun!!!

gunnerjoe
gunnerjoe
7 years ago

I’d like to say thanks for his efforts for Arsenal and good luck which ever club he ends up with.

Miguel
Miguel
7 years ago

Yossi, you showed yourself to be a true mensch during your time with Arsenal. Now please come join Titi here in NYC with the Redbulls. You’ll be a hero–you’ll find New York is the only place more Jewish than your homeland!

gooner odst
gooner odst
7 years ago

Yossi really does show some of the better qualities of the professional footballer; humility, patience and perseverance. Something we should all try and achieve me thinks.

Just to confirm, Na$ri has none of those qualities.

gbenga
gbenga
7 years ago

What else can I add except 2 say “u rock Youssi”. Thanks 4 d time spent as a Gunner. Go with God.

Binda
Binda
7 years ago

can we please get a ban on ben, the way he types does my head in

TomC
TomC
7 years ago

We could yet buy him. Unlikely but we could. It’s his loan that’s come to an end, not the transfer window.

Ccacking attitude from the lad. Just what we needed last season.