Arsenal’s squad is blessed with raw pace and has been ever since Arsene Wenger took over the reins in north London. With sprint tests taking place every pre-season, the quickest player in his current squad is man of the moment Hector Bellerin, The Telegraph reports.
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After scoring his second goal of the season against Liverpool on Saturday, the Spaniard has been reflecting on his short career and the fact that he’s statistically one of the quickest players in the club’s history.
Theo Walcott smashed Thierry Henry’s sprint test shortly after he arrived and many would’ve expected for that record to remain for years to come, but Bellerin snuck in to claim first place whilst the England man was recuperating from his knee injury.
“It was really unexpected,” the former Barca youth player recalled.
“I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year. The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch. We were just having a test and then they told me I was the fastest at the club.
“I did not beat it by that much. There was a bit of banter and he is trying to beat me now.”
Mathieu Debuchy’s injury troubles this season have presented Bellerin with the chance and it will be interesting to see what happens when the Frenchman is fully fit.
Bellerin has surely done enough to keep his place and his electric pace down Arsenal’s right-flank has become a feature of their play.