By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has not ruled out signing midfielder Yossi Benayoun on a permanent deal.

Benayoun joined the Gunners on a deadline-day season-long loan from Premier League rivals Chelsea and made his first start for the Club in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Dortmund.

Wenger plans to assess the Israeli’s situation at the end of the campaign.

“It’s too early to say at the moment [whether we will sign him],” the Frenchman said. “I want him to contribute as much as he can to the rest of the squad like every other player - not more, not less.

“He gives his best every time he plays and we think he can integrate well - he can play on both flanks. He can play in the middle, although I think he prefers to play on the wing.

“Overall he has shown on Tuesday night that he is completely physically fit again.”

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