Arsenal speedsters Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin have a healthy competition going on between them.
Both believe they are the fastest footballer ever to play for the Gunners and, over the past year, have battled it out for the club's 40-meter sprint record.
Bellerin remains top of the pile with a reported time of 4.43seconds while Walcott is still languishing in second with a sluggish record of 4.44sec.
EA Sports, who develop the popular FIFA video game, decided to ignore the record and made the England international the quickest player on the game. Bellerin, rather shockingly, didn't even make the top 20.
But FIFA's greatest competitor, Pro Evolution Soccer, has given Bellerin a much-needed vote of confidence, making the Spanish youngster the fastest player in their virtual world with a rating of 97 out of 100.
Walcott's pace is fully recognised as well, with the 26-year-old given a rating of 96 out of 100, tying with Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor for second.
Well and truly beaten
Bellerin spoke to the Evening Standard following the news and revealed that he, once again, beat Walcott in the most recent speed test at Arsenal's London Colney.
He said: “A lot of people last year were saying, ‘I can’t believe Hector is quicker than Theo’ but this year I beat him again and I think he finally accepted it!”
Out of focus
Walcott's incredible pace may have had the edge taken off of it by the serious knee injury he sustained in January last year, but the striker is still managing to terrify defenders in the Premier League.
Now 26 years old and with a lot to prove, Walcott's main focus should not be on straight-line speed but on his ability to finish off chances.
An analysis from Opta Stats–published by Sky Sports– claimed Walcott has missed more clear-cut chances than any other player in the Premier League this season and missed more-per-minute than anyone last season as well.
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