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Arsenal’s speed test indicates Sokratis is the third fastest player in the squad

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang topped the pile ahead of Hector Bellerin

Some of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal team-mates may not appreciate his latest Instagram story.

The former Borussia Dortmund forward uploaded an image which appeared to display the results of a speed test, in which 17 Gunners players participated.

And they’re off!

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And they’re off!

As you would expect, Aubameyang came out the fastest, reaching a max speed of 10.01 — a measurement we’re assuming relates to metres-per-second.

Hector Bellerin took silver medal, hardly a surprise, but it’s from third place down where things get really interesting…

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So, you’re telling me that Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the third-fastest player in Arsenal’s squad?

Not having it.

Even more bewildering is Shkodran Mustafi’s relatively high ranking.

The German centre-back looks like he’s jogging through treacle half the time.

Now measure how quickly he runs backwards…

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Now measure how quickly he runs backwards…

One possible explanation is Sokratis and Mustafi have below average acceleration — this would make them appear slow over five-yard distances during games.

Clearly though, once they eventually get their legs moving, they can really shift.

Arsenal fans may be concerned by the fact that four of their centre-midfielders finished at the bottom of the pile.

New boy Lucas Torreira can expect to be the butt of a few training ground jokes after finishing dead last.

Don’t need much pace to sit on the bench, tbf

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Don’t need much pace to sit on the bench, tbf

The results may cause Unai Emery some headaches.

A slow midfield makes a side vulnerable to counterattacks while simultaneously restricting the effectiveness with which a side can break away.

However, it’s worth noting that Matteo Guendouzi only achieved 93% of his max speed, according to the results shown.

This indicates the 19-year-old Frenchman didn’t give it his all during the test, unlike Mustafi, Torreira and 34-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner, who left nothing in the tank.

Knackered

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Knackered

Danny Welbeck had another 8% spare as well — had he put in 100% effort, he would have rivalled Aubameyang’s top speed.

Back to the Gabonese speedster, the results suggest that he has a theoretical top speed of 10.31 metres-per-second, that’s just over 23 mph.

For comparison, Usain Bolt reached 27.8 mph at his all-time peak.


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