Theo Walcott has become a Guinness world record holder after setting a new mark for the highest altitude a football is dropped and controlled.
The England international attempted the record alongside team-mates Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal as part of a Betfair Cash Out Ultimate Control Challenge.
While his team-mates struggled with the task the England international managed it and broke the previous record of 32m with a new best of 34m.
To qualify as a successful attempt the player had to control the ball by keeping it off the ground for five touches and Walcott managed it from a ball dropped from a crane, as you can see in the video below.
The record ensures it has been an incredibly memorable week for Walcott who celebrated the birth of his second child with a goal against Bournemouth in the 3-1 win on Sunday.
— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) December 1, 2016
The achievement was hailed by Guinnesss spokemanPravin Patel who said via The Mirror: “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.”
The next challenge for Walcott is to add to his nine goals already this season on Saturday evening when the Gunners travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham.