Walcott reveals new Arsenal sprint king


Theo Walcott has confirmed Arsenal have another ‘Speedy Gonzales’ in the ranks after revealing 19-year-old Hector Bellerin has broken his sprint record in training.

The England international broke Thierry Henry’s 40 metre sprint time (4.82 seconds) back in 2009 notching a nippy 4.42 seconds, but told a supporter Q&A session that the teenage Spanish right-back had usurped him as the Gunners sprint king.

Asked who’d win a sprint between him and Henry, Walcott joked: “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.”

Obviously speed isn’t everything in football. Five years ago, Arsene Wenger mentioned in passing that Armand Traore was a rival to Walcott’s crown…and let’s be honest, he was a bit pants.

In other fluff hard hitting news, Wojciech Szczesny says that he only became a goalkeeper because he was rubbish in every other position.

“I was not a goalkeeper by choice,” he told fans in a separate Q&A.

“I was just really bad in every other position. I was a striker and I was awful. I was nearly as bad as Chuba.”

We’re presuming the ‘Chuba’ referenced by our esteemed keeper is in fact young Academy prospect Chuba Akpom and not the long sheepskin coat made of thick Tibetan wool worn by many of the nomadic peoples of high altitude in the cold mountains of Tibet.

That wouldn’t have made much sense.

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