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Will David Beckham's presence help the Arsenal squad?

According to reports, it appears likely that David Beckham will take up Arsene Wenger's offer to train with the Gunners this winter, while the former England captain is back in the country following the end of the MLS season in America.

Big deal, some of you might be thinking, but it could be a very beneficial move for Arsenal to have such a superstar training alongside them, even though he won't play competitively for the team.

Becks and Wenger have a good relationship and the close proximity of London Colney to Beckingham Palace, near Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, is the reason Beckham seems keen to take up Le Gaffer's offer to keep up his fitness during his winter break from LA Galaxy.

The fact that the England team regularly use London Colney to train ahead of internationals means that Becks is also familiar with the set up. Recognised as probably the best training centre in England, it's no wonder he's relishing training alongside the Arsenal first team, rather than the Spuds, who also extended an invite.

But back to those benefits for the Gunners...

Like him or loathe him, Beckham is a great player and a fantastic ambassador for football. And he is, without a doubt, one of the top free kick specialists in the game, as well as one of the best at delivering pinpoint crosses for team mates to score. And it's here I believe that Becks will be able to help the young Arsenal team.

Wenger's free kick specialists include the likes of Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky and, of course, Robin van Persie. The hints they could pick up from the experience of Beckham might prove invaluable to their careers - and that of Arsenal.

He might be even more beneficial to the younger players such as Fran Merida, who is already a recognised dead ball expert. And then there's the intriguing prospect of Carlos Vela maybe coming to Arsenal in January. If Beckham is still around that means there will be a ready-made Spanish speaking senior player there, other than Fabregas and the aforementioned Merida.

One thing is for certain, if Wenger thought that Beckham's presence would be disruptive to the Arsenal squad, he would not have made the training offer in the first place. It's more likley that Le Prof sees that there could be untold benefits and therefore is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of Beckham's arrival.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on November 20, 2007 12:36 PM in Debate of the Day| News| Players
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I think this would be a good move both for England and for himself. Not to mention the Galaxies. The young lads at Arsenal could sure learn from the impeccable work ethic of Beckham and his pin-point passing skills. It also adds that extr spice to the game.

Posted by: mark | November 20, 2007 8:42 PM

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