Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is statistically our fastest player, after the Spaniard broke Theo Walcott’s 40-metre sprint record. He has now revealed the secret behind his lightning pace, the club’s official website reports.
Bellerin puts his pace down to the extra work he’s dedicated to doing in the gym over the past few years as he enters the mature part of his playing career.
Admitting that he was always naturally quick, working on building the muscles in his legs potentially took a few seconds off the clock in the sprint test.
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Rather humbly, Bellerin accepts that he may have broken the record during a convenient time for him, and whilst other players were injured – mainly Theo Walcott.
“Some people are born fast,” Bellerin said.
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“For the past two years I’ve been working a lot on the power in my legs – all of that has helped me.
“We took a test in the summer and I broke the club record, so I guess I am the fastest at the club but throughout the season injuries come along and you never know whether you are the fastest player at that exact time.”
Bellerin has been remarkably consistence given his tender age, and is now arguably our first choice right-back ahead of Mathieu Debuchy – who has suffered from various injury problems.
With Carl Jenkinson set to return in the summer too, It will be interesting to see what Arsene Wenger intends to do in an area over-saturated with talent.
Despite Bellerin’s pace, one gets the impression that everyone at the club expects Walcott to obliterate the speed test in pre-season.