Arsène Wenger believes David Beckham is the ideal role model for Arsenal’s exciting crop of young players.

The 37-year-old is training with the Gunners after leaving LA Galaxy last month, but a permanent move to Emirates Stadium is not on the agenda.

However, Wenger insists having the former England captain around his squad can have a major impact on the development of his players.

“He’s fantastic, that’s one of the reasons I have him here,” the manager said. “Beckham is in [early] in the morning and always does good work.

“The young English players look at him and take his advice on board. He gives positive advice.

“He has fantastic quality because he has done the maximum in his career. Why? Because he loves football. He is out there before training [starts]. After training he stays and plays. He is such a good example to look at.”

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