Speedy Arsenal forward Theo Walcott mocks himself, joking that he would be ‘rubbish’ without his pace

England international aware of his reliance on his speed, claiming to be one of the quickest in the league - while admitting the hurt after the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has admitted he relies hugely on his pace, and even claims self-deprecatingly that he would be ‘rubbish’ without it.

Walcott has long been renowned for his lightning speed and has often been criticised for a lack of end product. He confesses his pace is something he relies on.

“I’d be rubbish [without it]!" Walcott joked on 'Soccer AM' on SkySports.

"It’s about touch as well, but pace in the Premier League is massive,” 

“I’m fairly quick. I’d be up there. There’s a lot of pacy players in the Premier League but I’d be right up there definitely.”

Walcott has spoken of his pain after being part of the Arsenal side that was dismantled at Old Trafford in a humiliating 8-2 defeat.

“It [the result against Manchester United] hurt a lot.

“Seeing the players go through that, no player wants to be part of that.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was criticised after that heavy defeat for perceived tardiness, if not complacency, in the transfer market, though Walcott was pleased with his manager's subsequent deadline day business, especially the signing of Mikel Arteta from Everton.

“Arteta, for me, is an outstanding player. He can just spot a pass. He’s absolutely fantastic.”