Hector Bellerin has revealed what he worked on off the pitch to improve his basic abilities.
“I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year,” Bellerin, 20, said. “The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch.”
The former Barcelona man has always been known as something of a pacy wide-man, and he shaved one-hundredth of a second off Walcott’s 4.42 second record in the 40-metre sprint - a record that was held by Thierry Henry before Walcott.
Bellerin showed off his speed last season during a loan with Championship side Watford, although he always came across as something of a rough diamond who would be unable to make the step up to the Premier League.
Yet this term he has been a key figure for the Gunners since coming into the first-team with the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, and there has been a visible improvement in his on-pitch performances. He has 20 games to his name so far, and it does not look like he will be stopping in the coming weeks, all thanks to the work he has been doing on the training ground to ensure that his development progresses at an incredible rate.