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Today's Backpages and Blogs: David Beckham joins Arsenal (for training)

The Sun - It's Fab! Beckham joins Arsenal
Arsene Wenger insists he will not let David Beckham turn Arsenal into a “circus”. The former England skipper has been training with the Gunners since Wednesday in a bid to get fit for his 100th cap next month.

The Times - David Beckham gets by with help from Arsene Wenger's pace setters
As drizzle fell from the overcast skies over London Colney yesterday; California sunshine it was not. Still, David Beckham, the former England captain, trained as diligently as usual and, anyway, it was only a short trip back to his home in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

The Mirror - Crock 'n' Roll for Gunners
Arsene Wenger will be forced into fielding an under-strength line-up at Burnley - but insists he would never disrespect the FA Cup.

The Independent - Arsenal close in on Bulgarian wing Dimitrov
Arsenal are close to signing Nikolai Dimitrov, a 20-year-old Bulgarian winger, while Jens Lehmann is still mulling over an offer from his former club, Borussia Dortmund. The 38-year-old will be in goal for tomorrow's FA Cup tie away to Burnley.

The Telegraph - Jens Lehmann ready to start at Burnley
Arsene Wenger is planning to rest a host of key players against Burnley tomorrow but the Arsenal manager made it clear that he will not devalue the competition and wants to reach the final at Wembley in May.

The Daily Mail - Home from home: Beckham trains with Arsenal - but he's not Gunner join them
What will Fergie say? It's the transfer window and Cesc Fabregas is obviously very pleased with the Arsenal new boy. David Beckham has been given the No 23 training kit, but he won't be playing for Arsenal in the FA Cup third round at Burnley tomorrow.

The Daily Express - Wenger hopes to retain squad strength
Arsene Wenger admits he is "cautious" over allowing anyone to leave Arsenal this month. The Barclays Premier League leaders head into Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie at Coca-Cola Championship Burnley still very much in contention for honours.

Arseblog - Diarra and Lehmann’s futures doubtful - Saturday round-up
Jens Lehmann’s future is still up in the air a bit. Dortmund, having had their press conference to announce two other players, say they’re ‘cautiously optimistic‘ about signing the keeper. Arsene Wenger says he won’t stand in his way and respects the way Lehmann has acted. He really is the most diplomatic man alive when he wants to be. Arsene, not Jens, obviously, who will play in goal for us tomorrow in the FA Cup. Jens, not Arsene, obviously.

A Cultured Left Foot - Arsene Is The Ringmaster, The Media Are The Clowns
The list of walking wounded grows with Hleb added to Adebayor and van Persie. Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Manuel Almunia and Cesc Fabregas are resting whilst Flamini is suspended. So the idea that this will be a strong first team goes out of the window with over half of them missing.

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