Be­nay­oun misses out

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Hav­ing fi­nally es­tab­lished a place in Arse­nal’s start­ing line-up, Yossi Be­nay­oun will be un­avail­able for to­mor­row’s derby against Chelsea due to the terms of the loan deal that brought him across London in Au­gust.

The Is­raeli cap­tain will have mixed feel­ings as the London ri­vals com­pete for Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­cause it is un­clear whether he will be wear­ing red or blue next sea­son.

Be­nay­oun, 32 next month, was re­leased by for­mer Chelsea man­ager An­dres Vil­las Boas but he has one year left on his con­tract at Stam­ford Bridge.

The mid­fielder has been used spar­ingly by Arsene Wenger this sea­son but has started the last three games.

“I was so pa­tient and it is now com­ing right for me,” said Be­nay­oun.

Speak­ing be­fore the de­feat against Wi­gan, Wenger said: “Both he and the teamhave­donewellinthegameshe­has started. It’s not a co­in­ci­dence.”

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