Chelsea have told Arsenal to sign on-loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun permanently or risk losing him to another club, according to Jamie Sanderson at Metro.co.uk.
With the signing of Marko Marin, the emergence of Lucas Piazón and the likelihood of Josh McEachran receiving more playing time next season, it's clear Chelsea do not want Benayoun back.
For Arsenal, Benayoun mainly played as a wide attacking midfielder on the left flank. He scored vital goals against Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion to salvage third place for the Gunners.
André Villas-Boas arrogantly loaned Benayoun out to Arsenal knowing the Gunners were also competing for a top-four finish. This was another clear tactical blunder from Villas-Boas because, with the exception of Juan Mata, the Portuguese manager's midfield lacked creativity.
What's the best situation for Arsenal regarding Benayoun? Sign him on a one-year deal because he'll be playing for his future (again).
Now is it fair to him? No, but it's the safest choice for Arsenal because Benayoun is strictly an impact sub.
He played 1,557 less Premier League minutes than Aaron Ramsey, yet scored two more goals than the Welshman.
Alternatively, Arsenal should give Henri Lansbury a chance as an impact sub. I know it was against Azerbaijan, but Lansbury did his best impression of Paul Merson in the 6-1 win.
Lansbury was fantastic in a 4-0 win over Belgium. He scored an audacious (but lucky) goal, added another goal and was a constant threat.