Theo Walcott breaks Guinness World Record for controlling ball dropped from crane

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Plenty of football fans - including the majority of Arsenal supporters - have criticised Theo Walcott at some point during his career.

The England international who turns 28 in March - time flies, doesn’t it? - tends to divide opinion.

Some fans reckon he’s all pace and no technique, but Walcott has demonstrated on countless occasions that he does possess a football brain.

Many fans have also criticised his supposed lack of technique, claiming he can’t control a football, but Walcott has proved that particular accusation is pure nonsense this week.

In fact, Walcott can now argue that he possesses the best control out of any footballer in the world.

Betfair, accompanied by Guinness World Records, turned up at Arsenal’s training ground earlier this week - and brought a crane with them. As you do.

Walcott, along with Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal, all had to control a football dropped from the aforementioned crane.

Video: Walcott sets new Guinness World Record

A couple of them failed to control a ball dropped from a height of 25 metres, but Walcott managed to control a ball dropped from a staggering height of 34 metres.

In the process, the much-maligned winger set a new Guinness World Record…

Proof, once and for all, that Walcott can control a football.

Wait: Why doesn't Suarez hold the record?

Luis Suarez made headlines for completing the same challenge, albeit from a height of 35 metres.

However, Guinness World Records weren’t present to verify the Barcelona superstar had broken the previous record.

So, Walcott is officially the current world record holder. For now…

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