Arsenal star Theo Walcott has said that he would beat Hector Bellerin in a 100m race when asked whether he is quicker than his teammate, The Sun reports.
Walcott has long been renowned as one of the quickest players in the game, but recent studies showed how Bellerin was actually quicker over short distance than Usain Bolt, the Independent reported.
The Spanish right-back has certainly proven how quick he can be on occasions, with Arsenal’s second goal at home to Bayern Munich real evidence of his sheer velocity.
Walcott, however, is adamant he would beat his teammate in a 100m race though he does concede that such a scenario will never take place within a football match.
“If we did it I’d win. To be fair, we wouldn’t do a 100m sprint in a game because there’s no need to do it but I’ll do it for a laugh,” Walcott explained when quizzed on whether he would win, according to The Sun.
“He’s very quick. The thing about Hector – straight away he’s quick. Some people take a bit of time to get going but straight away he goes.”
Bellerin’s pace is a great weapon for Arsenal, both from a defensive perspective as well as an attacking point of view, especially when the Gunners look to hit their opponents on the break.
The former Barcelona youngster provides a great attacking outlet for Arsene Wenger’s side, having already scored two league goals since breaking in to the first-team.
At just 20 years of age, the talented right-back has a huge future ahead of him and perhaps an improvement in his attacking game could see him become a right winger later in his career.