Arsene Wenger supports David Beckham return

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Arsene Wenger is in no doubt David Beckham has both the talent and professional attitude needed to be a hit in the Barclays Premier League second time around.

Several top-flight clubs have expressed an interest on a loan deal for the former England captain, who is currently in the close season with his MLS league club, LA Galaxy, in the United States.

Beckham, 35, spent the last two off seasons on loan at AC Milan and is keen to return to Europe in order to prove to England manager Fabio Capello that he deserves a recall to the national side.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder trained at Arsenal's Hertfordshire complex to keep himself fit during January 2008.

While Wenger has ruled out any move for Beckham, who has been linked with rivals Tottenham, the Gunners boss believes the veteran midfielder would be a welcome addition to the English domestic game.

"At the time he was practising here, he was ready. Since he had his injury I don't know because I haven't seen him practice or play," Wenger said.

"The only thing I can say, of course you don't need to speak about his talent or his professional attitude because that was absolutely fantastic."

Wenger rejected suggestions Beckham should have just bowed out, rather than look to prolong his career.

"I respect a lot the guy who plays until the last day of his potential and doesn't care too much about what people say because he knows he will never play again after that," the Arsenal boss said.

"We had players here like [Robert] Pires, who just play as long as they can.

"Everybody has to do what they feel is right for him.

"There is no rule, I am not a great believer that a guy should go out on his high.

"If he feels like that, yes. If you love to play, you play as long as you can.

"That is the advice I give to any single player because after that life is still a long way to go and you can do so many different things, but you cannot play anymore."

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