Beckham trains with Gunners
LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - David Beckham sported the Arsenal strip as he joined the squad in training on Friday, but manager Arsene Wenger said the former England captain did not figure in the Premier League club's plans.
The LA Galaxy midfielder wore the full Gunners kit for the workout, including the squad number 23 he donned for Real Madrid as well as for his current MLS side, but Wenger said it was to help Beckham reach fitness in time for his return to the U.S.
'He is working to be fit (in readiness for) when he is moving (back) to Los Angeles in February, so now, in January, we are giving him assistance with his fitness,' Wenger told a news conference.
Wenger, whose side leads the Premier League and faces an FA Cup trip to Championship side (second division) Burnley on Sunday, said Beckham's presence did not signal any future intentions on the part of Arsenal.
Asked if he was tempted to sign Beckham during the transfer window, Wenger said simply: 'No.'
Beckham, who has won 99 England caps and retains hopes of being selected by new coach Fabio Capello for his first fixture, at home to Switzerland next month, has a home close to the Arsenal training ground in Hertfordshire.