The most famous footballer on the planet – no, not Emile Heskey – David Beckham, has been training with Arsenal this week but Arsene Wenger insists that it is purely to help the player maintain his fitness and that he is not interested in signing the former England captain.
Beckham is a free agent of course after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS campaign and he doesn’t seem to be in any rush to find a new club.
It looks as though he is going to wait until the chaos of the January transfer window is over before making up his mind on where the final challenge of his career will be.
At this time of year, many managers panic buy, the prices go through to roof and as Harry Redknapp said: “It’s like Gang Warfare”. That might be why the 37-year-old is happy to think about his next challenge and won’t be rushed into a move that doesn’t suit him.
As he is training with the Gunners, the rumours on him staying in North London started to grow, but is seems as though Wenger is just doing him a favour.
The Frenchman said: “There’s no speculation about signing or anything.
“He has not done anything for a long, long time. He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness.”
Despite his age, Beckham is probably as fit as he has ever been and many believe that he can still play at the highest level.
You never know, if Wenger isn’t able to do the business that he wants to in these final few days of the transfer window and the former Manchester United man impresses him on the training pitch, he might just offer him a deal.
Is it likely? No, it is not the sort of signing that Wenger usually makes as he likes to invest in players that are young and develop them into top professionals.
But, Arsenal are lacking a true leader in their squad right now and could do with a player that has a vast amount of experience – something that Beckham certainly has a lot of.
As mentioned, the midfielder will not be panicking or in any hurry to find a club, especially at this time of year and he might even get himself a better deal when the transfer window is closed.
Wherever he goes, you will see that team gain a lot more supporters.