Photo: Arsenal's Theo Walcott races fellow speedster Chuba Akpom in Gunners training session

Arsenal pace aces Theo Walcott and Chuba Akpom went head to head in training.

The competitive spirit at Arsenal is alive and well, even down to personal records.

Teenage whizkid Chuba Akpom caused a stir earlier in the year when he was reported to have beaten Theo Walcott's club record speed over a short distance of 10 metres.

The Metro reported at the time how Akpom's speed registered just 1.56 seconds.

It was the second internal Gunners pace record of Walcott's to fall in a matter of months to a teenager, with The Mirror earlier reporting how Spanish defender Hector Bellerin had broken his 40 metre time.

Walcott could only sit and watch in frustration, sidelined with a serious knee injury.

He has only recently returned to action, and looks like he is determined to re-establish his crown as Arsenal's fastest player.

Walcott told The Guardian last year he hoped the time spent in the gym bulking up his leg muscles would enable him to sprint even faster.

He was snapped in training racing against 19-year-old Akpom, who is now very much part of the first team squad.

Arsene Wenger has a big decision to face meanwhile as to whether Gunners forward Walcott is up to starting two big games in a matter of days with Crystal Palace and Monaco matches upcoming over the next week.

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