Wenger open to Yossi stay
Arsene Wenger has not ruled out signing Yossi Benayoun on a permanent basis following his recent loan move to Arsenal.
Last Updated: 16/09/11 9:09am
Arsene Wenger has not ruled out signing Yossi Benayoun on a permanent basis following the midfielder's recent loan move to Arsenal.
Benayoun joined the Gunners on a season-long deal from Chelsea prior to the close of the transfer window and will help to fill the void created by the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
He made his debut as a substitute in last weekend's Premier League win over Swansea City and started for the first time in the UEFA Champions League draw with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Wenger admits it is too early to discuss keeping the Israeli on a long-term basis, but is confident the 31-year-old can make an impact at Emirates Stadium.
"It's too early to say at the moment [whether we will sign him], but I don't rule it out," said Wenger ahead of Saturday's game at Blackburn Rovers.
"I want him to contribute as much as he can to the rest of the squad like every other player - not more, not less.
"Benayoun gives his best every time he plays and we think he can integrate well. He can play on both flanks. He can play in the middle, although I think he prefers to play on the wing.
"Overall he has shown on Tuesday night that he is completely physically fit again."