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Thank You Too Yossi!

As the transfer window slammed shut last September Arsene Wenger made a late move to loan Chelsea`s Yossi Benayoun.

Many people thought it was an act of desperation, whether or not it was is debatable, but what isn`t is Yossi`s effort and contribution this season. He spent a lot of time on the bench, but always gave it his all when he got the chance.

Indeed Yossi got us off to a great start today with a goal in the 4th minute. After the game he took to Twitter to thank everyone at the club.

He said "I want to thank the Arsenal management staff and players for giving me the opportunity to be part of this great club, many thanks."

He added "What a great way to finish, great win, 3rd place and to score again. Many thanks to the AFC fans for support me through all season."

Thank you too Yossi, it`s been a pleasure.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 13 2012

Time: 6:06PM

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Wish he was staying. His experience and application was vital this season. Great player.
Professor calculus
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13/05/2012 18:12:00

I wish he was staying too. I'd guess that wenger would try get him to stay, but at his age he's probably looking for a team that can offer him more first team action.
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13/05/2012 18:13:00

I'm happy for him, he's a great player. I am thoroughly *****ed off that we decided to loan such a quality team-player out to a rival when our squad could've used his creativity. Still, congrats to him. Good player, great attitude.
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13/05/2012 18:13:00

I've found a name for him and that is: Tottenham tormentor. Sign him up, Arsene
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13/05/2012 18:16:00

Is he really going to return? I want to bet if he gets an offer from Arsene and we reach an agreement for him, he will stay. He was absolutely vital today. In my view, our best player today; played with no nerves, unlike all of our other players who seemed conscious of the occasion. I wouldnt agree it may be as he had little to lose. Massive contribution this season.
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13/05/2012 18:18:00

I don;t want him to stay because we should be after better players, but he has been great for us.
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13/05/2012 18:20:00

Indeed Eboue ... Yossi seems to be the king of St Totteringham's day!
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13/05/2012 18:21:00

But if he' been great for us why don't you want him to stay? Having a deep squad is what we need. But I don't think he would be happy being a squad player, can't say I blame him either. Talented guy.
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13/05/2012 18:25:00

Goofle, players like Yossi and Arteta don't get the headlines as world beating players who make the wanted transfer lists of top clubs but they have proven to be hungry, experienced, battle hardened and smart. Yossi has done for Arsenal what a more hyped player perhaps wouldn't.
Professor calculus
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13/05/2012 18:31:00

Please stay Yossi
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13/05/2012 18:49:00

Well done Yossi, thanks for the great contribution! And yes I think it'd be a good idea to keep him. It seems he likes the club and I hope Wenger can offer him something to keep him.
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13/05/2012 19:07:00

thanks yossi. hope you stay
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13/05/2012 19:11:00

Yossi really has been an example for some of the others. Has worked tirelessly, without complaining. Always seemed to be up for the fight and took affront to losing the ball. Has been more effective than Gervinho in my opinion, and his experience has helped us more than many imagine.
Wyn Mills
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13/05/2012 19:27:00

Happy St Totts Day,all. I agree Rocky that it would be great if YB stayed and also that he won't want to stay on as a squad player. But just to clear one thing up, Arsenal and Chelsea agreed the loan at the start of the transfer window, but Chelsea wouldn't release him until they were sure of Meireles' arrival, said Yossi last September.
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13/05/2012 19:39:00

Fantastic commitment and a great professional. He didn't complain about not getting chances earlier in the season, put his head down and worked hard to earn his place in the side. We need the entire squad to replicate this attitude. I'd love it if he stays, but I think the chances are slim. Yossi will move to a club for whom he will start more regularly. And he deserves that.
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13/05/2012 20:20:00

He's been excellent. He's a player I've always admired and I'm very grateful for his very positive impact with us, but unless Chelsea are willing to sell for a minimal price we should be parting ways. He needs more regular first-team football and we should be looking to build on a successful first season with what is a very fresh squad by investing in a longer-term option in Yossi's position. His composure and nervelessness will undoubtedly be missed though and if Chelsea were open to a second loan spell I would certainly welcome him back.
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13/05/2012 21:03:00

Thanks Yossi, sorry you didn't get a little more match time during your stay with us, I think I've finally figured out Gervinho, Wenger pretended to ship him out to turkey then slapped a bad wig on him and gave him a brazilianesque moniker and hey presto! noone ever suspected that Wenger just couldn't bear to let Eboue leave. Happy St Totts gooners!
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13/05/2012 21:22:00

Lol, Niko. In that case, we better get that wig off because it has affected Eboue's quickness of thought and usual desire to release the quick pass. Cheers.
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13/05/2012 22:40:00

Thanx Yossi, your commitment and dedication even though you were on loan is just exemplenary. Thanx for the goals too. Wish you could stay but if not, wishing you all the best where ever you go. Remain the classy person you are.
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14/05/2012 02:11:00

Yossi's contribution in the tough games has been tremendous (Milan, Spurs etc) he is an example for the young players in our squad of professionalism and dedication to their work. Bendtner and Vela please take note!!
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14/05/2012 04:11:00

Cracking professional, would love it if we could hang on to him, but totally understand why he won't. MOTM by a million miles yesterday. It didn't make the blind bit of difference to him ultimately if we qualified for the CL or not, but he still ran more than anyone. Top man, excellent player. Just wished we'd have nabbed him 5 years ago.
Little Dutch
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14/05/2012 07:58:00

Agree with almost all of you. If we can get him for a nominal fee then he'd be a great squad player. But if they want proper money or he, understandably, wants a more first team football then we should wish him all the best as we wave him goodbye.
No 10
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14/05/2012 08:37:00

Hear hear. Hard working player, an invaluable contribution and some vital goals. If he wants to move on for guaranteed starts, I couldn't blame him one bit. I wish him all the best and thank him heartily for his effort. Good luck Yossi!
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14/05/2012 10:23:00

Big thanks to Yossi and all the very best! Well played to Kieran Gibbs who kept his cool and came up with a match saving tackle. Brilliant second goal from Santos and invaluable contribution from the Bosscielny.
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14/05/2012 10:33:00

Gibbs' tackle showed he had learnt something from the game vs Norwich city, where he failed to block more decisively for the 3rd goal. Good job, kid.
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14/05/2012 12:38:00

Was excellent for us. Has a great engine on him, an exemplary work rate and if yesterday was the last time we will see Yossi in Arsenal colours, then I for one, will be sad. If Chelsea are prepared to let him go for a reasonable price, AW should take a chance. However as most have pointed out, the stumbling block is likely to be Yossi not being guaranteed to start most games.
Ned Stark
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14/05/2012 20:12:00


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