In a recent Q&A with Arsenal fans Theo Walcott who is renowned for his blistering pace revealed that his 40m sprint record had been broken by rookie Spanish full back math who has yet to feature for the Gunners first team in the Premier League.
Walcott was asked in Q&A with fans who would win in a sprint between himself and former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and revealed that the 19-year-old Spaniard has broken his sprint record at Arsenal.
“Me! Thierry is in his 30s now so I would be very disappointed if I didn’t beat him. I beat his sprint record which Hector [Bellerin] has now broken.”
The 19-year-old Spaniard started his career at the famed La Masia academy with FC Barcelona. The Gunners snapped up the player as a 16-year-old in the summer of 2011.
The full back is now arguably the fastest player in Arsenal’s history and has featured most recently with Spain’s U19 side that failed to secure qualification to the European Championships this summer.
Bellerin went on loan to championship side Watford last year making 8 appearances in a short term deal. The full back previously featured as a right winger in the Barcelona academy and is highly regarded for his attacking ability. It is however his defensive attributes that need to improve and at only 19 he has time to develop.
Bellerin made his debut for the Gunners in a League Cup tie against West Brom last year, and was on the bench for a number of Premier League games at the back-end of the Premier League season.
The young Spaniard will face competition to make the breakthrough at the Gunners this year with new arrivals Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers likely to be favoured in the right back role.
Chambers however has been used as a centre back in recent games by Arsene Wenger and this may give the young Spaniard a chance of being back up for Mathieu Debuchy following Carl Jenkinson’s loan move to West Ham.
Obviously speed is not everything in football but with the Arsenal defence being caught out for pace last year, especially in the disastrous 5-1 loss to Liverpool, a full-back like Bellerin with serious gas could be a good option at the back for the Gunners. However, with Wenger signing two right backs during the summer it seems the player is not in contention for first team football at the Emirates.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.