Hector Bellerin famously beat Theo Walcott’s sprint record, making the Spaniard the fastest player at Arsenal, as reported by Goal. He has spoken out about the competition between Walcott and himself, and insists that he’s ready to defend his title if necessary.
As Goal reports, Bellerin’s time of 4.42 seconds narrowly beat out Walcott over 40 metres. The 20-year-old claims his teammate – a veteran by comparison – has been working hard over the summer, and is determined to reclaim his spot at the top.
“Last year we had a test at the beginning of the season and the numbers came up that I was the quickest player in the squad,” Bellerin said, as quoted by Goal.
“Theo has always held that title so now there is always a bit of banter between us about who is going to be the quickest next season.
“I think he is working extra hard in the summer! It’s something that for me is irrelevant, it matters if your speed helps the team during the games.
“Theo would probably be quicker in short distances, but long distances I am better.
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“I’m always ready and I told him I’m going to be working extra hard as well to make sure he doesn’t beat me.”
While these types of individual accolades are nice to have and certainly create a source of friendly rivalry between teammates, it’s excellent to see that such a young player has a level head on his shoulders. He knows that it’s about the team rather than the individual, and stresses that being blessed with phenomenal pace only matters when he can use it to help the team.
Both men are incredibly quick, and it would certainly be hard to separate the pair. But thankfully the pacy duo both ply their trade for Arsenal, and that is all that really matters.