Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/17/13
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to David Beckham and admitted that he had been interested in signing the midfielder. Beckham, 38, who announced his retirement on Thursday, has had spells training with Arsenal but never played for the Gunners. Wenger said: "I have a huge respect for his passion for the game, his huge commitment, his mental strengths because he was under a lot of pressure throughout his career, and his dedication. I think that is where he is an example." Asked if he had ever been interested in signing him, Wenger added: "Yes I was, but it was at the period where we could not afford to pay him. "After that it was a question mark as well before he went to (AC) Milan, but he was in a position where we did not really need (players). "It was always a pleasure to have him here for his attitude and behaviour, he gained respect from everybody through his dedication and commitment. "What remains in your memory is his genuine commitment and dedication, his ...
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