Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he tried to sign David Beckham in 2004.
The former England captain joined Real Madrid from Manchester United back in the summer of 2003, although his first season in La Liga did not go to plan.
With Beckham struggling in Spain, Wenger has confirmed he spoke to the midfielder's representatives about a possible move back to the Premier League.
Remain in Spain
However, Beckham opted to remain at El Santiago Bernabeu, a decision that was vindicated when he helped them win the title in the 2006/07 campaign - his final season with the club before linking up with LA Galaxy.
"David almost came to Arsenal a couple of years ago when things did not go too well during his first season with Real," Wenger told the Daily Express.
"I even met the people who took care of his career, but in the end, David decided to remain at Real."
Beckham is currently training with Arsenal in a bid to maintain his fitness ahead of England's upcoming friendly against Switzerland, although Wenger has already ruled out a loan switch.