'I'm not the fastest player in the world', says Arsenal's quickest Hector Bellerin

The Spanish youngster has explained why he is so fast.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has had a real breakthrough season. The Spaniard, formerly of the Barcelona youth system, has become a regular in the first-team picture for Arsenal - scoring two goals in 24 appearances.

His main attribute is of course his pace. At the beginning of the season he took the 40m dash record from Theo Walcott and the Daily Mail claimed in April that he is in fact faster over 40m than Usain Bolt.

The Spaniard has now been talking to the Arsenal club website about his speed, explaining he was born fast - but that he also does plenty to maintain that pace.

He stated:

“Some people are born fast. I’ve always been pretty quick for my whole career. It gets to the point that you have to do something about it. For the past two years I’ve been working a lot on the power in my legs - all of that has helped me.

“Everything you do off the pitch always shows so you have to work on yourself physically as well, it’s not just working on your touch. That’s probably the secret. I doubt I’m the fastest player in the world!

“We took a test in the summer and I broke the club record, so I guess I am the fastest at the club."

Bellerin's pace may be one of his main assets but he is no one trick pony.

He is an excellent reader of the game and his Barcelona education has made him a great appreciator of the ball.

Going forward he has plenty of competition for a place in the Arsenal first-team. Mathieu Debuchy is fit again, Calum Chambers lurking and Carl Jenkinson about to return from an excellent loan spell at West Ham United.

He will be hoping to be quick off the mark next season, to cement a place in the Arsenal starting XI.

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