'Theo Walcott could've been a 100 metre runner!' | inside World Soccer

Turbo-charged Theo Walcott is so quick that Arsène Wenger claims the flying winger could have been a 100 metre runner had he not become a professional footballer.

In fact, the 20-year-old has even blitzed the speed records of his predecessor in the No 14 shirt, Thierry Henry. Walcott recorded a time of 4.72 seconds over 40 metres, a distance it took the Arsenal legend 4.82 seconds to get to.

"The fastest three players I would say are Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela and Armand Traoré," Wenger told www.arsenal.com. "And yes Theo is the fastest.

"He has the record on 40 metres. I think it's 4.72 seconds or something like that.

"Thierry was very fast as well, 4.82secs. I don't guarantee (the time) but it is in this area.

"Certainly Theo could have been a 100-metre runner."

Former Olympic champion Donovan Bailey clocked 5.56secs doing 50 metres and Maurice Greene did 60 metres in 6.39secs.

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