Chuba Akpom: The 18-year-old striker confirms he is the quickest player at Arsenal

Akpom ran 10m in 1.56sec

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Arsenal have a new sprint star in town - Chuba Akpom.

The 18-year-old, who returned to the Gunners this season after a loan spell at Coventry City last term, posted a message on his official Twitter account today saying that he had broken the club's 10m record with a time of 1.56sec.

Akpom has made two appearances in total for Arsene Wenger's side.

The striker's record is latest that one of the Gunners' promising youth prospects has smashed. Last month the rapid Theo Walcott revealed that the even quicker Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin had broken his 40m sprint club record.

Back in 2009, Walcott recorded a time of 4.42 seconds, beating Gunners' legend Thierry Henry's record of 4.82 seconds.


Asked who would win in a race between himself and Henry, Walcott answered at a Q&A session: "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."