Tuesday, January 29, 2013
DAVID BECKHAM TRAINS WITH ARSENAL AS WENGER PLAYS DOWN POSSIBILITY OF SIGNING HIM
Former England captain, David Beckham has begun training with Arsenal today with his future still up in the air.
Beckham joined up with the Gunners in a bid to keep fit as he considers his next move after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season in December.
Hereported for duty at the club's state-of-the-art Hertfordshire training HQ on Tuesday, and was seen sharing a joke with Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski and the rest of the squad. He was wearing the training kit of flop striker Marouane Chamakh, who is currently on loan at West Ham.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is determined to prove he can still play at the highest level.
Beckham trained with Arsenal in 2008 and with their north London rivals Tottenham two years ago during the MLS off-season.
He is currently a free agent and in no rush to make his next move as he can sign outside of this transfer window.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal's meeting with Liverpool on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger played down the possibility of signing Beckham. 'He called me. He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time. It's purely for fitness. There's no speculation about signing or anything.'
Beckham has attracted interest from QPR and West Ham in the Premier League, and Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in France.
There is also interest from the UAE, where former England boss Sven Eriksson himself is now technical director at Al Nasr in Dubai, and the Swede says he would welcome Beckham to the Middle East with open arms.