Yossi Benayoun has had a relatively quiet season at Arsenal since moving over from Chelsea on a season-long loan. This, in and of itself, isn’t so surprising. After all, he is buried on the bench watching all-world Robin van Persie continue on his goal-scoring binge and fellow midfielders like Alex Song and Andrei Arshavin take the lions’ share of the minutes.
Still, I now spend time DVRing Arsenal games in the hopes of seeing him on the pitch, and once in a while it pays dividends.
This week it’s been a soccer bonanza at home. Since I tore my oblique muscle on Sunday I’ve been on the couch most the time watching games from England, Spain, and the Champions League. Somehow I missed the Arsenal-Olympiakos game yesterday, but got an incredible surprise this morning at 6:55 when ESPN’s Top Ten Plays on SportsCenter featured a clip of Yossi Benayoun scoring a gorgeous goal in that Champions League match. In case you missed it, you can see it here.
The game meant nothing to Arsenal, which had already clinched a place in the round of 16, but it’s always a treat to see the greatest Israeli soccer player of this generation proving himself at the highest level. While it wasn’t as dramatic as this epic goal that Benayoun scored against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2009, it was still pretty sweet.
The beat goes on for Arsenal, who sit in fifth place in the Premier League and have at least two more games in the Champions League. Arsenal games are frequently on ESPN2 or Fox Soccer, so keep your eyes open.