Chelsea fans rueing Benayoun loan deal

Written by Chris Wheatley


Chelsea supporters have lamented the departure of Yossi Benayoun to Arsenal on loan, admitting on a Blues fan site that the Israeli international is ‘better’ than their current midfield options.

The 31-year-old has had a journeyman career in England, playing for West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea before being loaned out to Arsenal by new boss Andre Villas-Boas on Transfer Deadline Day last September.

Benayoun started against Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby and impressed with his good ball control and vision in the final third, prompting a Chelsea fan site to ask why they sent him on loan to a rival club.

“He [Benayoun] puts pressure on the Spurs defence and the Arsenal player`s looks towards him for creativity. So I have to ask, why did we loan Benayoun out when we`ve got the likes of Malouda, Kalou, Bosingwa, Meireles and Mikel at the club?”, the article asked.

Following several abject midfield displays from the likes of Florent Malouda and John Obi-Mikel, Chelsea supporters cannot understand how he’s not part of an underachieving Blues squad at Stamford Bridge this season.

“We dont need Malouda, Kalou, Mikel anymore. Benayoun would do much better than either of those”, one fan claimed.

“I cannot understand why Yossi was sent on loan, he’s the closest replacement we have to Mata”, added another supporter.

“He’s an intelligent playmaker. He finds little pockets of space, has good ball control, can dribble in tight areas, and he has the vision to pick out a killer pass”.

Villas-Boas’ side are currently below Arsenal in fifth place although the Gunners are only ahead on goal difference following their win on Sunday

Israeli international Benayoun has netted three goals during his time at Arsenal so far, the most important of which came against Aston Villa in December where he headed in a late winner.

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mr arsenal

but now he is arsenal player so respect him and discs yours ok

I have always liked Benayoun even when he was playing for other clubs. He has never seemed to be fully appreciated wherever he has been. However the amount of times he was called on as substitute by Liverpool and saved their bacon with a great display or goal was amazing, but he never seemed to get the full credit for it. In an Arsenal side playing as they did against Spurs on Sunday, he could be a very important part of the squad. Sadly I suppose he will be recalled by Chelsea at the end of the season, but I… Read more »

He is a very good loan deal though I still feel that he will be a back up when Gervinho is fully recovered from the African Cup

Many of us CFC supporters cannot understand why Bo-Ass let Yossi go, he played for some time with Torres and when they played together last season you could see the rapport even though Torres was out of sorts. But then many of can’t understand much about Bo-Ass anyway, for example why start alienating the players at the core of the club as soon as you walk in – get them on your side and work from there surely. You Gooners may be fed up with Wenger right now but at least he knows the game and is a decent man… Read more »

Really? I’m a Chelsea fan and I’m delighted to have offloaded a player who was barely squad material.


I’m chuffed Benayoun went. Cannot stand him as a player and one half decent game hasn’t changed my mind. He wouldn’t get anywhere near the Chelsea midfield at the moment, even doing as badly as we are!


i think he has stated not too long ago, if he can get permanent he will stay at arsenal. At 31 i think he can be a good squad player or coming from the bench to help getting the winner.


Yossi Benayoun is a better player, i see no reason why Chelsea will loan the Israel international. He has don alot than other players in Arsenal. So i wouldn’t like him going back to Chelsea


Lol! I told a chelsea fan friend of mine d same tng. He was one of their best players in pre season yet they kept insisting on modric when they had d solution †☺ their problems under their nose. Sorry guys u̶̲̥̅̊’v lost him cos wenger Ȋ̝̊̅§ going †☺ give yossi a 2yr deal †☺ stay@ Arsenal we want him and u̶̲̥̅̊ don’t. We know ow †☺ use him and u̶̲̥̅̊ don’t. hahahahhahahahahah!!

Cpt BlackBeard
Chelsea fans must be screwing. I, personally, always liked Yossi (especially at Liverpool)but I cant say I was shouting from the rooftops when we signed him. Yet, hes actually put in a few decent displays for us Gunners. Hes very enthisiastic, thats what Ive liked about it, and this a quality chelsea seem to lack at the moment. Forgive me, but Merieles, Kalou, Malouda are not pulling their weight, either that or they are just terrible. Chelsea need someone in midfield with vision who can link up with Mata. At the moment, as great as he is, no player can… Read more »

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Bamidele adeladun

Benayoun is a sleeky skillful player wu knows wav 2do wiv d ball weneva he is @ his bxt.i am favourate admire of dis gr8 footballer n wish a beautiful stay @ Arsenal.

Adedayor ayomide

Arsenal fans,stop fooling urself.yossi is ours.if wenger lyks,let him give him a 10year deal,he still has contract wyt us.we wouldn’t let him go.

spot on dude
I’m one of those chelsea fans who believe that had Yossi stayed at the bridge, we would have done better. He was loaned out to comply with the foreign players rule. Pre and early season he showed us what he could do, even scoring a couple of classy goals for us. Mereiles was considered the better option, but the sad thing is that Yossi was not really given the chance to work with Torres , strange because at Liverpool the two combined to savage many an opposition. Its easy to talk with hindsight, but we will know at the end… Read more »