Date:15th September 2011 at 4:04pm
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Yossi Benayoun ended up joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day on loan from Chelsea for the season, but the midfielder has said that he had talks with Liverpool about a possible move back to Anfield.

Benayoun said, “The media thought it was dramatic, but I knew it would go to the last day. There was an agreement between me and Chelsea that we would wait until then because they wanted to bring in another player – either [Raul] Meireles or [Luka] Modric.

“I first heard about the interest from Arsenal eight days before the end of the window and when I knew they wanted me it was an easy choice. I had a few good options from clubs in England and outside. There was a few talks with Liverpool. A few teams but as soon as I heard about Arsenal my mind was made up.

“Deadline day was calm for me. I flew in from Israel in the morning, from the national team, and knew it was going to happen.”