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Arsene Wenger reacts brilliantly to Theo Walcott breaking a world record

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Ask any football fan to name Theo Walcott's best quality and the vast majority will say his pace.

Since signing for Arsenal in 2006, the 27-year-old has become renowned for his speed down the wing and ability to make darting runs in behind defences.

His timing is impeccable. So often for the Gunners has Walcott timed his run to perfection and latched on to a through ball from Mesut Ozil or Cesc Fabregas.

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It's just a shame his finishing has let him down on so many occasions.

One skill Walcott isn't best known for is his first touch, but in a recent collaboration with Betfair, he demonstrated inch-perfect control to break a world record.

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In the video below, the England international controls a ball dropped from 34 metres in the air and manages to keep it up for five kick-ups.

How on earth has he managed that?

Even Arsene Wenger can't quite believe what Walcott has achieved. In a recent interview, the Frenchman expressed shock at the winger breaking a record with his first touch.

"It was not necessarily for what I expected him to be a world record holder," he said.

"It's true, to take the ball from the crane, to beat the distance, to beat the super skilful players, you need a superb touch.

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"Yes, of course [I was impressed]. He has a great focus capacity, too.

"He's known for his pace, the quality of his runs and the quality of his finishing, and less known for his technical skill. It shows that he has that in his locker."

Seems Wenger is on the same wavelength as literally every football fan: of all world records Walcott could break, no one would have anticipated it being with his control.

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After handing Walcott his framed record, Guinness World Record spokesman Pravin Patel said: "It was great to watch four top-level professional footballers gathered on a crisp sunny morning to take up the challenge.

"It looked easy at 25 metres but when the ball was released at 34 metres, it was a challenge that surprised the footballers, especially when the ball swerved as it came down.

"Well done to Theo for breaking the record."

Arsenal fans will only hope Walcott can start demonstrating his first touch when taking on defenders, rather than from a 34 metre-high crane.

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