Arsenal's Hector Bellerin reveals reason for wanting Theo Walcott back

Hector Bellerin is looking forward to seeing Theo Walcott back in Premier League action for Arsenal so arguments over who is the fastest can be settled.

Hector Bellerin produced stats over pre-season which place him above Theo Walcott in the Arsenal speedster ranks.

It has long been acknowledged that jet-heeled Walcott is the fastest player in the Premier League, never mind at Emirates Stadium.

He has now been knocked from that perch, with Bellerin forcing his way into the Gunners’ first-team ranks in 2014/15.

The 19-year-old Spaniard is reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding who is blessed with the greater pace at Arsenal, but he is happy for others to pass judgement.

He is looking forward to the day when he can line up with Walcott on the right flank, with the England international closing on a return to full fitness following another spell on the sidelines.

Promising full-back Bellerin told the club’s official website: "Hopefully we get to start a game together and hopefully then we can show people that pace on the right-hand side and obviously just help the team.

"Theo is a really important player for the squad. He showed it last season before he got injured and he’s been showing it for a few years now. The whole squad is waiting for him to come and help the team with his pace and we’re really happy that he’s going to be back really soon.

"A lot of people speak about our friendly rivalry but for me, we’re team-mates. We’re here to help each other and the team, so whether he’s quicker than me or I’m quicker than him, what we need to do is just use the pace to beat other teams.

"There’s a lot of banter about it but I’m just happy that we can play together."

Bellerin has figured in Premier League and Champions League competition for Arsenal this season, with the club’s defensive injury struggles working in his favour.

Mathieu Debuchy is now back to compete for a right-back berth, but the teenager will hope to have done enough in the Frenchman’s absence to remain part of Arsene Wenger’s plans.

The games will come thick and fast from this point, so there is every chance that Bellerin and Walcott will make the same starting XI at some stage as squad rotation becomes ever more important.

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