Most Arsenal fans first heard about Hector Bellerin when he broke Theo Walcott's 40-meter sprint record in 2014. He had lowered the England international's mark of 4.42 seconds by just a hundredth of a second but despite the narrow margins involved, it made big news.
For the following season, it became the topic of choice with any interviewer granted time with Walcott. And every time they received the same answer: it was all down to the wind apparently and it wouldn't be long before his title was reclaimed.
However, the very next year, when the Arsenal players lined up for the speed test once again, Bellerin did the business and the argument appeared to be settled.
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The Spaniard told the Sun: "But I know I beat Theo by literally one-hundredth of a second after he had beaten Thierry, so you can do the maths. It was very close last year but this year I beat Theo by more of a distance. He won't tell you that, though!"
But Walcott is not ready to admit defeat just yet. Speaking to Copa90, the 26-year-old admits that Bellerin is faster than him over a shorter distance, but is confident he would beat him over the Olympic standard of 100m.
“If we did it I’d win,” Walcott said.
“To be fair, we wouldn’t do a 100m sprint in a game because there’s no need to do it but I’ll do it for a laugh.
“He’s very quick. The thing about Hector – straight away he’s quick. Some people take a bit of time to get going but straight away he goes.”
Battle rages in the virtual world
Strangely enough, Bellerin didn't even make the top 20 players for speed in the world of FIFA 16. EA Sports gave him a sprint rating of 91, which doesn't come close to Walcott's 86. However, in an act of pure defiance to their rival, Pro Evolution Soccer made Bellerin the fastest player in the world with a rating of 97.
And who can forget this race with Swansea star Bafetimbi Gomis in October?
We think it's time for Theo to let it go
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