Benayoun frustrated at lack of games

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Yossi Benayoun says that although he enjoyed his part in Arsenal’s 5-2 thrashing of Sp*rs who, it must be added, have never won the league in colour, he’s frustrated by the lack of playing time.

After making a late substitute appearance against Blackburn at home, the Israeli sat out both away trips to Sunderland and the Champions League game in Milan.

Speaking after Sunday’s game, he said, “To play 88 minutes, especially in a derby, is a great pleasure. I enjoyed every minute of it, but I still don’t know what will be next week because at Arsenal you are at the top and the competition is tough.”

But he had previously expressed his disappointment at spending so much time on the bench.

“The bottom line is that I’m not playing enough games. I haven’t been given enough opportunities.

“I scored the winner at Aston Villa and made a goal in the next game. But for some reason I didn’t get opportunities after that, even though the team had a string of disappointing results. But I still believe in myself and that I will play much more.”

It seems unlikely at this moment in time that Arsenal will pursue a permanent deal for Benayoun and at nearly 32 years of age he’s considering lowering his sights in order to play more football.

“My inclination at the moment is to sign for a mid-table team and play another two or three years.”

All of which is quite understandable. It’s far better to have a footballer who is unhappy about not playing than having a potential Bogarde on your hands, and whatever happens at the end of the season, he’s still got time to make a mark during this one at Arsenal.

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Anon
Anon

Yossi :((

Mr. Eboue Armann Yes
Mr. Eboue Armann Yes

We love them squad players

Sean
Sean

Certainly won’t be kept on a permanent deal at £70,000 a week.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

Agreed.

His experience and hard work would be useful, though…

Much rather have him than feckin’ Kalou!

skansen
skansen

Lad has done ok for us, despite limited time on the pitch. Good understanding of the game and decent passer of the ball.

Hope he finishes the season in style, and best if wishes to him when he leaves in the summer.

Sabrina
Sabrina

NOOOO I want him to stay! Let him play more Wenger he’s GOOOD! With Arshavin gone now he should get more.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I like Yossi “no jaw” Benayoun.
He’s a hard worker. I can’t see him staying on after his loan but good luck to him
wherever he goes, except against us, of course. If he did stay he would be a useful guy to have around.

drew10

What I like about Yossi is the way he leads the young players. He is a true professional and I would like us to make his deal permanent. I feel he will have a big say between now and the end of the season.

argonaut
argonaut

We’ve overplayed some players, like Ramsay, and underplayed others like Yossi. It’s no wonder we end up with either crocked players or the disaffected on the bench. We really need to get more from our bench.

I appreciate that some of our squad players are not good enough, but it begs the question: if they aren’t good enough, why are they there?

bdotm
bdotm

He’s got a jaw

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I bet they love making his face on FIFA/PES. They get to the jaw and go “smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller… smaller, smaller, smaller. It just doesn’t seem to be small enough. Smaller, smaller, smaller…”

Titty Bar Barry

““I scored the winner at Aston Villa and made a goal in the next game. But for some reason I didn’t get opportunities after that, even though the team had a string of disappointing results.”

I remember very clearly Benayoun playing against AC Milan and us getting absolutely annihilated with him doing very little. So I can’t support him on that one.

But, as much as I was dismayed to see him start against Sp*rs, he proved me wrong, and I was later shocked to see how little praise he got after the game. He was nearly man of the match for me. He was all over that wing, bossing it, working hard, and making up for his lack of speed with intelligence, confidence and good dribbling and distribution. He was hugely influential on that match in my opinion.

Anyways, he hasn’t convinced me yet, but I really warmed to him after the Totty spanking.

nicc
nicc

you remember wrongly about Yossi playing at AC Milan.
while he made the bench he didn’t play.

http://www.arsenal.com/match-menu/3475709/first-team/ac-milan-v-arsenal?tab=report

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

He was rushed in during that mad spell before transfer window closed and
if we had no injuries or players on form he probably would have only played
Carling Cup.
I like him as a player but with a full squad available next year he is unlikely
to get a look in.
Hope he plays a part this year and wish him well for the future

RadCarrot
RadCarrot

Mmm, would be sad to see him go, he’s a good player to have around. I can’t understand why we haven’t played him more considering Ramsey is still learning the ropes. Yet another confusing managerial decision.

Obviously we shouldn’t be paying large wages for him anymore – we need to save that wage bill for our superstars like Djourou and Almunia, obviously – but he’s proven he’s a capable player who fits into our lineup nicely. Have a nasty feeling we’ll be letting Tomas go in the Summer, so the more experienced midfielders we have the better.

northerngoon
northerngoon

The effect he’s had on the team in general is enough to keep him. If we let him go I think its a mistake personally.

Craig

I like the lad and I think he should have played a bit more this season, especially in the games where Ramsey looked jaded. He’s a good professional and can do a job as a squad player for us but I wouldn’t want us to sign him permanently.

It’s likely he will go to a mid table club. If West Ham come up my money would be on them trying to get him back or Pardew signing him up at Newcastle. Either way I think there are many mid table clubs who could benefit from his services and I’m sure he’ll have a good end to his career. Top bloke.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

I like his face.

Sajit
Sajit

I htink he has been vastly underused by Wenger. Whenever he has given a chacne he has been pretty decent. I would give him a perm deal. A very good squad player to have.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

Agreed, again.

Just not at 70k a week…

Q Ball
Q Ball

Benayoun with a perm? *shudders*

Darren
Darren

Would be very sad if he left – good player, always works hard, experienced, team player – a lot of qualities that we’ve been missing in the past few seasons.

Although with a healthy Wilshere, we might not feel his absence too keenly, and we do have quite a number of experienced, older heads (Arteta, Mertesacker, even Santos and hopefully RVP!) to add to the likes of Jack, Aaron, Theo etc.

Comedian
Comedian

For all his career i have seen in England it looks like he has been much appreciated by fans but not by his team. Every club he goes too the fans say a nice word about him and he has got skills plus hardworking, tackling guy but somehow dont get picked for matches. Well i would like seeing him play more till the end of the season and come May Arsene will decide.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

He’z got mad skillz!

erm….. yes.

Haley Adams. True goonerette.
Haley Adams. True goonerette.

Sell the over rated Ramsy who is just another over paid over rated youth flop that has destroyed arsenal every time he comes on and sign Benayoun !
Keep Rosicky, bring back jack and one more experienced quality midfield.

Ramsy is just a joke that needs to go to ‘Denilson r us’ academy for his future.
The sooner emotional arsenal fans wake up and realise this, the faster we can get rid of that welsh prat !!
An insult to football and arsenal !!
Ramsy is so useless he makes Denilson look good.

Under the Crossbar

Hell, let’s sell all of our players every time they don’t perform well in a string of matches! That’s sure to encourage the ones we’ve got!

I mean, if we’d sold those tossers Koscielny and Song we’d be much better off! And that Robin van Persie chap, sell him, he had a long period of injuries! Shit, while we’re at it, let’s bring in players we’ve seen once or twice. They’re the best goddamn players in the business!

But really, fuck Aaron Ramsey. I can’t believe how badly he plays! I mean, except for that one time he came on and helped win the match. Sometimes, I see him sneaking out behind goal to take a nap, he’s so useless!!!

tomas
tomas

I’ve always said that Mike Dean and Phill Dawod are against Arsenal.
This video shows how Mike Dean celebrate when Tootenham score against Arsenal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tUP-CxbiKes

piecrust71
piecrust71

looks like it to me

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Poor guy, should have been here a long time ago.

piecrust71
piecrust71

its a shame – i like him – pitty he went to liverpool when we tried to replace pires with him.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

He was thinking to himself ‘Great
another game arsenal won’t win when
I am ref’
Little did he know that matters were
going to be out of his control .Bet he was really cheesed off.
Did you notice him before the game
laughing and chatting with the Spud
players.
Dowd should be checked out as being
to fat to referee although we do win
some games when he refs

BHgunner
BHgunner

Still baffled why arsene didn’t put him in the sunderland game uhhmm rotating……

Nikki
Nikki

Hmm.. Mid table teams.. That means there might be some off chance that we can see him in the Sp*rs kit… That would be a pity.

TeeCee
TeeCee

I can just see him on his first day in the Sp*rs dressing room now, giving a high 5-2 all their current players.

Seriously though? It’d be about as popular at Three Point Lane as our signing the diving chimp would be at the Grove.

ramgooner
ramgooner

stay here benny.you have rosicky with you and you guys make a great couple on the pitch.xD

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