Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin has made 13 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this seasonGetty Images

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed that he is officially the fastest player at the club, superseding Theo Walcott for that throne.

The Spaniard has taken massive strides for the Gunners this season at right-back, replacing Mathieu Debuchy whose season has been stunted with injuries. The 20-year-old scored a brilliant goal against Liverpool to open the scoring for the north London club, which led to Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez scoring in quick succession.

Bellerin revealed that Walcott is trying his best to get his record back in the 40-metre segment, which the youngster crashed by less than 1/100th of a second.

"Beating the record was at the beginning of the season and was really unexpected. There was a bit of banter, and he (Walcott) is trying to beat me now, so we will see what happens. He was really close, I did not beat it by that much, but he still needs to beat me!" Bellerin said.

However, it is not his speed that is making headlines for the Spaniard, but his development as a player and how he has established himself as an indispensable part of the Arsenal setup.

Arsene Wenger has reacted to his progress by deploying Nacho Monreal in a more conservative role at left-back instead of Kieran Gibbs, to allow the starlet more freedom going forward.

The Gunners are on a seven-game winning streak in the league and are currently seven points behind Chelsea in the race for the top spot.

"We just need to think about ourselves, to get as a many points as we can to put pressure on them (Chelsea), then you never know," the defender added.

"We need to just look at the moment right now, not look to the future. We need to put the best performances in as we can, to get as close as we can then see what happens.

"No more team has got more points than us in the second half of the season, so we are showing we can be up there.

"I don't know if it is possible, but we still have to play Chelsea and we have a few more games to play, so we will see if we can [do it]," he concluded.