Arsenal on verge of signing Chelsea midfielder

It’s understood that Arsenal are close to tying up a deal that will take Yossi Benayoun to the Emirates Stadium.

The Israeli captain has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after it emerged that he was surplus to requirements under Andre Villas-Boas.

The move could open the way for Raul Meireles to move to the London side, after it emerged that the Portuguese international handed in a transfer request at Liverpool.

Benayoun will join Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker at the Emirates Stadium, as the quartet all look to complete deadline day moves.

The 31 year-old will join on a season-long loan and could pen a permanent deal next summer.

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