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Arsenal round-up: Hector Bellerin confirms he is faster than Theo Walcott

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Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has confirmed that he is officially faster than teammate Theo Walcott after breaking the England international's speed record over 40 metres last year.

The 19-year-old, who made his Arsenal debut earlier this season, admits it's nice to be able to say that he is the quickest player in the Gunners' squad.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Bellerin said: “There are some people who are just born quick and some people that are born slower.

“But I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year - that's something which has helped me a lot.

“The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch. My time over 40 metres was the fastest. It’s something I didn’t expect - we were just having a test and then they told me I was the fastest at the club. It’s nice to be able to say that I’m the quickest player.”

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Bellerin endured a tough debut against Borussia Dortmund in September, but has responded extremely well since then.

The former Spain Under-19 international has made 13 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring one goal, and could leave summer signing Mathieu Debuchy struggling to break into the Gunners' starting line-up when he returns from his shoulder injury before the end of the campaign.

Santi Cazorla says 'yes' to Atletico Madrid transfer

Meanwhile, Spanish radio station Cadena Cope are reporting that Santi Cazorla has made it clear to Atletico Madrid that he fancies a return to Spain this summer.

It's believed that negotiations are already underway to make a deal happen at the end of the season - but Arsenal fans are likely to be sceptical over these latest reports.

Cazorla is currently in great form for the Gunners and signed a new deal with the club less than 12 months ago.

The Spain international's contract expires in 2017, according to the BBC, and Arsenal will be keen to keep the happy-go-lucky attacking midfielder at the Emirates Stadium beyond this summer.

Arsene Wenger fears Alexis Sanchez is suffering from burnout

And finally, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed fresh fears over the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and believes the Chile international might be suffering from burnout..

Wenger admits Sanchez has "not been himself" over the past couple of weeks - and feels the former Barcelona star's game has lacked intensity.

The veteran French coach was quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: "He had not the same intensity in his game as he had until now.

"I'm not sure he was free in his head to sprint as he used to [against Leicester]."

Should Bellerin be Arsenal's first-choice right-back ahead of Debuchy? Will Cazorla join Atletico Madrid this summer? Have Arsenal's already seen the best of Sanchez this season?

Give us your thoughts to all these issues in the comments below.

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