Oxlade-Chamberlain eager to challenge Bellerin in Arsenal sprint test

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

The England international says there is very little between him, the Spanish Under-21 international and Theo Walcott when it comes to speed.

Arsenal's attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he is itching to challenge two club mates to the title of fastest sprinter at the Emirates later this summer, in an interview with the Premier League website.

Hector Bellerin won the sprint contest last year, which is part of the club's conditioning assessment each pre-season, and it was the start of a stellar year for the former Barcelona trainee that ended with him making 28 appearances for the Gunners.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that there is very little between himself, Bellerin and Theo Walcott in terms of speed.

When asked if he could beat his two teammates over 100 metres, the Arsenal man told the Premierleague.com: "I don't know, probably not.

"We're all very close, you can't even blink but Hector won last time we raced. Hector's a quick lad but he's definitely not as quick as Usain Bolt!

"We've got another sprint test coming up and I will be looking to knock his record off."

The young Spaniard made headlines last year when he beat Theo Walcott's record over 40 metres that had stood since 2009.

The 20-year-old edged the England international's best of 4.42 seconds by 1/100th of a second according to the Mail, with Walcott's record itself beating an earlier record by Thierry Henry.

The Mail also claimed Bellerin's best would have been even quicker than Usain Bolt's world record time from the World Championships in Berlin.

Maybe the Jamaican will turn up at Arsenal's training ground to put things straight once and for all.

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