Benayoun plans fond farewell
Yossi Benayoun is plotting the perfect goodbye to Arsenal as speculation mounts the Gunners are about to say hello to France midfielder Yann M'Vila.
Benayoun wants to end his loan move from Chelsea by helping the Gunners finish third in the Barclays Premier League, securing automatic Champions League qualification. Reports have suggested Arsene Wenger's side are on the brink of completing what would be a club record £17.7million signing of Rennes star M'Vila.
Benayoun told www.arsenal.com: "Since I came to Arsenal, I have always been committed to one club until the last game of the season. The only thing I want is for Arsenal to finish in third place - I don't care about anybody else."
He added: "When I finish I will have to decide about my future. I am supposed to go back to Chelsea first and then we will see what the future holds."
Arsenal appear to be succeeding in conducting their summer transfer business early this year, having been accused of panic signings at the end of the August window after selling Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Benayoun was one of the new arrivals but has proven a useful addition to the squad in recent months as the Gunners have fought back from a horrendous start to the season to move to the brink of qualifying for the Champions League once more.
The final game of Benayoun's loan spell comes at West Brom on Sunday, where Arsenal need to win to be certain of finishing third.
The 32-year-old Israel captain added: "I finish here in a good way. In the last few months, I have been more involved.
"Of course, you want to play and you want to enjoy it and I think I have played a big part in the last few games. You always remember the end and I am happy with my performances in the last few months."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must now decide whether to try to make Benayoun's move permanent but his attention is said to be currently focused on fending off reported interest from Inter Milan in number one target M'Vila.