By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger's advice to David Beckham and any other veteran footballer is simple: play as long as you can.
The former England captain has finished another season with LA Galaxy in the United States and has been linked with a temporary switch back to the Premier League before the new MLS season begins in March.
Wenger has ruled out a move for Beckham but he disagrees with those who feel the 35-year-old should hang up his boots. The Arsenal manager has seen Robert Pires return to the English top flight this term and thinks Beckham can follow in his footsteps.
"I respect every single attitude," said Wenger. "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.
"We had players here like 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’s 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."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jan 2011