By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Benayoun spent the last season on loan at Arsenal as Chelsea swept to the FA Cup and a maiden Champions League title.
The Israeli international, who made just 19 Premier League appearances under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, is happy to make his return to the club and is hopeful that he will get more attention from di Matteo than he did from former manager Andre Villas-Boas.
"Now I am back at Chelsea for pre-season, the hard part of football, and I'm trying to do my best in front of Robbie, so we will just have to see what happens in the future," Benayoun told the club's official website.
"A lot has happened since I was last here. Unfortunately it didn't work out with Andre Villas-Boas, results weren't good enough but Roberto [Di Matteo] took the team, and we won the FA Cup and Champions League. I kept in touch and it was just great to see the club winning these trophies.
"I was at home for the Champions League Final, as the next day I was joining up with the national team. It was amazing to watch and enjoy.
"When you thought Bayern would win it, suddenly Didier Drogba was there like always to score an important goal and of course I was so happy for the club, the players and the owner. Hopefully this season the club will win a few trophies again."
He insisted that he has good memories of his time at Arsenal even as the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and even teenage sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were picked ahead of him in the starting line-up.
The ex-Liverpool player endured a rollercoaster of a season with the Gunners but expressed his joy at seeing them end the previous season in third place, despite a poor start to the season.
"First of all the most important thing was that I enjoyed my time with Arsenal, and football-wise, I can separate the season into two parts," he continued.
"When you play more you enjoy it more and in the last few months of the season I played more and in important games, and I scored a few important goals so I finished on a high, and we had a strong finish.
"It was a good feeling, I was happy at the end of my time there, and the fans were very supportive of me.
"The club was happy to finish third. At the beginning of the season people were saying Arsenal would never be in the top four because we were 16th, 17th in the table, but there was a lot of quality in the team and we had a very good run.
"We did it in the end and it was important to finish above Spurs, because we all saw what happened after with the Champions League!"
Chelsea's win in the Champions League guarantees them participation in the continent's elite competition at the expense of city rivals Tottenham. The Blues will begin their season against Wigan on August 19 and Benayoun could face Arsenal towards the end of September.