On-loan Yossi Benayoun has urged Arsene Wenger to let him keep his place in the side after figuring heavily in the last two wins against Man City and Wolves.
Benayoun scored Arsenal’s third at Molineux and says his patience and hard work has been rewarded by Arsene Wenger. He hasn’t played as much as he would have liked since moving from Chelsea for the season, but is happy he’s being relied on now.
“When I came, I believed in myself that I could play more,” he said. “I knew there are a lot of quality players but I was ready. It is the job of the manager to decide who plays but because I was so patient and I always give 100 per cent it is now coming right for me.
“I came into the team and we beat Manchester City and last night we won and I scored. I really want to keep my place.”
And while a top-three position is on the cards, the Israeli knows Arsenal cannot afford to slack off.
“Five points is a big gap but we have to keep playing well and win some games. Next we have Wigan. They beat Manchester United so that is a warning for everyone.
“It will not be an easy game and after there is a match against Chelsea which I can’t play in. There are still a few hard games but I am sure that we will finish in the top three.”
Benayoun’s loan runs out in June, at which point he’ll return to Chelsea and from there his future will be decided. He spoke last month about how might be inclined to sign for a mid-table side to ensure more playing time, but no decision has been made yet.
“I think it is difficult to speak now about the future. It is better to concentrate on the five weeks that are left and do my best for the club. I am fully committed to Arsenal and after we will see.
“After June 30, I am going back to Chelsea and then the club and I need to decide,” he said. “Each one has to think what is best for them. I will not lie — I love Chelsea because I have a good relationship there. I didn’t play much because I had a big injury.
“I still have a lot of friends there I talk to every day. Of course I want them to do well but it is difficult.”
It remains unclear if Arsene Wenger is going to try and sign him on a permanent basis, Arseblog News would be quite surprised if that happened, but come May we can be thankful for his professionalism and the moments of quality which have served to strengthen the team and the squad this season.