Benayoun: I’m so happy to have signed for Arsenal

Yossi Benayoun has joined the new recruits at Arsenal and inists he is happy to move to the Emirates on a one-year loan deal.

The Israel captain is on international duty but tweeted: “I sign with Arsenal, very happy and excited about it, but now my head is only in the game against Greece on Friday, thanks for the support.”

The signing of the former Liverpool midfielder followed frantic activity at the Gunners.

The Mail reports we completed a sensational last-gasp swoop for Mikel Arteta, shortly after announcing the deal for Benayoun, as the transfer window slammed shut.

The paper says we haslooked to have missed out on Arteta earlier on deadline day after Everton rejected a bid for their star midfielder. But, it is claimed, Arteta reportedly forced the issue and Arsenal looked to have reached an agreement before the 11pm deadline, revealing they had signed the 29-year-old on a four-year contract.

That took Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s deadline-day recruits to four after defenders Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos Put the finishing touches to their moves.

The Mirror claims that Arteta, 29, reduced his contract demands and asked to leave Everton to force through a dream £10million move, and by doing so “restored some pride after a painful few months at the Emirates”.

Everton boss David Moyes said: “Mikel indicated to me that he wished to join Arsenal. I am very disappointed to lose him, but the prospect of Champions League football was something I wasn’t able to offer him.”

The Sun reports that AW made enquiries for 20 players including Rennes ace Yann M’Vila but the Gunners chief would not up his £22m offer.

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