Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has revealed the secret to his explosive speed, stating it’s a mixture of rare talent and a lot of hard work.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Bellerin lifted the lid on his history and tactics after beating Theo Walcott’s Gunners record for 40m sprint by 1/100th of a second, making him the fastest Arsenal player in history.
Bellerin has enjoyed a tremendous season, filling it at right-back due to injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, and has revealed that he sees his speed as a tremendous asset.
“Some people are born fast. I’ve always been pretty quick for my whole career. It gets to the point that you have to do something about it. For the past two years I’ve been working a lot on the power in my legs – all of that has helped me.”
“Everything you do off the pitch always shows so you have to work on yourself physically as well, it’s not just working on your touch. That’s probably the secret. I doubt I’m the fastest player in the world!”
“We took a test in the summer and I broke the club record, so I guess I am the fastest at the club but throughout the season injuries come along and you never know whether you are the fastest player at that exact time.”
“It was a surprise for me but it proves that the hard work you do behind the scenes helps you on the pitch. I’ve never raced. I’ve only ever played football so I’ve never done athletics. It’s helped me throughout my career because speed is a good asset to have.”