Last year a story emerged about Hector Bellerin beating Theo Walcott’s record over 40 metres, making him the quickest player at the club.
Walcott had beaten Thierry Henry’s sprint record, which in turn was beaten by the young Spaniard, and he’s revealed it’s ‘work in the shadows’ and a natural gift that makes him the Billy Whizz (look it up kids) of this Arsenal side.
“There are some people who are just born quick and some people that are born slower,” he told the official website, “but I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year – that’s something which has helped me a lot.
“The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch. My time over 40 metres was the fastest.
“It’s something I didn’t expect – we were just having a test and then they told me I was the fastest at the club. It’s nice to be able to say that I’m the quickest player.”
And having emerged from the youth set-up to be one of the good news stories of the season, Bellerin was quick to thank the manager for giving him the chance.
“He just told me all the time just to be confident and play like I was playing for the under-21s and Watford,” he said.
“It’s nice that he has the courage to trust you. He knows you can do it, so that’s what’s made me perform the way that I have.”