By FOX SPORTS staff
Former Manchester United star Beckham notched appearances in five different top-tier leagues during the span of his playing career after making his debut for Paris Saint-Germain following a move to Ligue 1 in the January transfer window.
PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti started the midfielder during the first leg of the team's Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona and has spoken openly about wanting to keep Beckham beyond his current short-term deal. However, that has not stopped critics from declaring the former England captain no longer good enough to play at the highest level.
Arteta told the Evening Standard that Beckham's longevity in the game deserved plaudits instead of criticism.
"Beckham is tremendous, the changes he made, in different countries and different cultures as well, that is tiring, moving your family from one side to the other," he pointed out.
"When people criticised him when he played for Paris St-Germain against Barcelona, I could not believe it. What he is doing is absolutely fantastic. He trained with us in January and to see how professional he is was unbelievable. I talked to him and everybody who talks about him says the same. He wants to get better and better."
The Spaniard admitted that Beckham has inspired him to remain on the pitch for as long as his body allows.
"I will stay on in the game as long as my legs are good and the emotions I have every time I train and play stay intact," Arteta shared.
"I couldn’t be cheating myself by going there and just hiding. I don’t know how long it is going to last but I started when I was 17 and so it has been a long time now."
Artetat will take to the field for Arsenal during the team's visit to Fulham over the weekend.