Barca press obsess with Walcott pace

BARCELONA - Spanish reporters' obsession with Theo Walcott's pace ahead of Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final second leg in Barcelona prompted a number of questions about the England winger's speed over 100 metres.

The pacy 21-year-old, who inspired Arsenal's fightback from two goals down to 2-2 in last week's first leg, said he covered the distance in around 10.3 seconds, roughly in line with an estimate made by Barca coach Pep Guardiola at the weekend.

"When I was 14 I did it in around 11 seconds so I could potentially do it a lot quicker now," Walcott told a news conference at the Nou Camp on the eve of Tuesday's match.

His smiling manager Arsene Wenger added: "I can do it in 17," provoking laughter from assembled reporters who asked the 60-year-old Frenchman if he meant seconds or minutes.

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