Chelsea’s Willian makes claim about Eden Hazard and Arsenal star

Willian says Theo Walcott is the fastest player he has faced in the Premier League...

Willian has claimed that Theo Walcott is the fastest player he has ever faced – and says Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s quickest star.

Walcott has earned a reputation as one of the quickest attackers in the Premier League at Arsenal and has been in good form for the Gunners this season.

Indeed, Walcott has scored six goals and made two assists in the top flight for Arsene Wenger’s men so far this season.

Hazard has also been in fine form for Chelsea to help the west London side up to the top of the Premier League table and three points clear of Arsenal.

And Willian feels that both Hazard and Walcott posses the key ingredient for the modern winger in the Premier League: pace.

Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo, Willian said: “You need pace to be a modern winger.

“The fastest player I’ve faced is Theo Walcott at Arsenal, and Eden Hazard is probably the fastest player at Chelsea.

“In England it’s rare to find a slow winger. If you are slow, you’ll be better off as a midfielder – maybe a No 10.

“You need to be clever and use a change of pace to beat defenders.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action with a home clash against West Brom on Sunday.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, will take on Stoke City at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

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