Yossi Benayoun sat down for an interview with Arsenal Player this week and you can watch the video clip now by clicking on the link to the right.

Alternatively, scroll down this page for a transcript of this exclusive interview with our Israeli international.

Yossi, you’ve been here for just over two weeks now, how are you finding life at Arsenal?
I’m enjoying every moment. I’ve been involved in two games, I have enjoyed every minute and hopefully it will continue to be like this.

You said it was a very easy choice to join Arsenal, why is this such an attractive club for you?
It is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. I have been lucky enough to play for a few big clubs in my career and when I got the chance to play for a big club like Arsenal, it was like a dream come true.

How many of the guys did you know before you came here?
From playing against them, I knew a lot of the players. The only player I knew a little bit was Mikel Arteta because we had mutual friends in Liverpool so we had met a few times. It’s never been easy playing against them so it is good to be with them now!

Of the players that you didn’t know, who has really impressed you?
I watch a lot of football so I know a lot of them. There is a lot of quality and a lot of young players in the team. Unfortunately Jack Wilshere, who is one of the best players in England for me, is injured. There are a lot of young players, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, that I’m sure will step up and prove themselves at Arsenal.

So it’s a season-long loan to start with, what are you plans beyond that? Do you want to make this a permanent move?
Of course, I think any player would want to do that. But, for me, the main thing is concentrating on having a good season and trying to take this opportunity with both hands. I’m sure, if I do well, the connection will continue together.

You’re 31 now - how many years do you think you have got left at the very top?
I hope a few more. In some countries 31 is a bit old but in England it is the height of your career and you still have lot of years in front of you. Look at Lampard and Gerrard who are about the same age.

I suppose there is a real hunger to win something here as well?
Yeah, that is why you play. Especially when you get to a big club, you want to win trophies. I was very close with Liverpool and was also very close with West Ham. When you reach a club like Arsenal, you dream about winning trophies and I’m sure we have the quality to do it.

How have you found your two games so far?
It was great to be involved in a home game. I had only been with the team for two days and I played 30 minutes so I was very pleased. It was important to win that game, especially after what happened at Old Trafford. No matter how you play, you need to get the three points to get your confidence. Dortmund was a very hard game and a point away from home in the Champions League is always a very good result.

We saw you in the middle against Dortmund and we have seen you on the left as well. This formation seems to suit you.
I get opportunities to play in different positions here. In Germany I was in the middle for most of the game and a little bit on the flanks.

Blackburn are next up on Saturday, what are your expectations for the trip to Ewood Park?
It is a very tough place to go. It is always hard to go there. They have had a bad start to the season and only have one point so they want to win games. I’m sure we have the quality to go there. We have to win after a few bad games at the start of the season.

People are saying that it is Manchester United or Manchester City for the title, what is your reaction to that?
I think it is very early but you can understand why they are saying that. At the moment, they are playing the best football and are winning their games quite easily. I still think there are still other teams, like us, Chelsea and Liverpool, who can push them all the way.

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16 Sep 2011