Arsenal are set to become an even faster team after Theo Walcott revealed his sprint record has been broken by Hector Bellerin.
The 19-year-old looks set to break into the Arsenal first team this season following the departure of Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson's loan move to West Ham. Bellerin appears to have been given the chance to compete for a place with Mathieu Debuchy.
Bellerin's introduction to the team will likely throw fear in the face of opposition after Walcott – something of a speed demon himself – admitted that the youngster was now Arsenal's fastest ever player over 40 meters.
Asked by popular Arsenal blogger arseblog who would win in a straight fight between himself and club legend Thierry Henry, Walcott said: "Me! Thierry is in his 30s now so I would be very disappointed if I didn’t beat him. I beat his sprint record which Hector [Bellerin] has now broken."
There is no word on Bellerin's time over the measured distance, but Walcott broke Henry's record by 0.4 seconds back in 2009. Henry's fastest time of 4.82 seconds was bettered by Walcott's effort of 4.42 seconds.
La Masia talent
Bellerin has come on leaps and bounds after joining from famous Barcelona academy La Masia in 2011. Along with Jon Toral, the flying full-back swapped places with Cesc Fabregas, who left Arsenal for the Nou Camp in the same summer.
While Toral is still struggling to cope with incessant injuries at Under-21 level, Bellerin has already forced his way into Arsene Wenger's plans and his pace would have given him a helping hand in breaking into the first team.
Bellerin struggled to impress whilst on loan with Watford last season, appearing just eight times. However, it is obviously Wenger is ready to step up his development this season.
Arsenal on speed
Bellerin would join a number of pacey Arsenal players should he break into the first team squad in the near future. Walcott is known for his speed while the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez are no lumberers either.
Although Debuchy is a new signing, he is already approaching 29 years of age meaning he is unlikely to be around Arsenal's first team for too long. Bellerin could ripen just in time to take over from the Frenchman.
With his incredible pace, don't be surprised to see him move further up the pitch into a more attacking role.