By Giuseppe Muro

Theo Walcott has been impressed with the quality of new Arsenal signing and fellow speed merchant Ryo Miyaichi.

Miyaichi’s lightning pace has rivalled Walcott’s in pre-season speed tests and inevitably led to comparisons between the two. Arsène Wenger has said that Miyaichi’s movement and trickery resembles Walcott’s while the Japanese winger’s willingness to attack full-backs was evident during the Club’s pre-season tour of Asia.

Walcott on the right and Miyaichi on the left is a combination that would give any defence nightmares but Walcott insists the pair have different qualities to go with their blistering pace.

“I don’t like comparing myself to other players, every player is different,” he told “He wants to be his own player, he is a confident lad and will hopefully have a good career at Arsenal.

“He has got a few stepovers more than me, I don’t do any! That is maybe something I could bring into my game.

“If I don’t come top [of the speed tests in pre-season] I’m not bothered because the most important thing is doing it on the pitch. But it will be tough to beat me, that is for sure!”

Another new addition, young defender Carl Jenkinson, also linked up with his new team-mates in Asia and Walcott says the 19-year-old has already made his mark on the squad.

After himself joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, Walcott knows how intimidating it can be for a teenager to move to a top Premier League club and he has been impressed with the way the right-back has settled in.

“He looks very confident and it is great to see,” said Walcott. “He is not shy at all which is nice for a new lad coming in, especially at a young age.

“It’s a bit daunting at first but all the players have helped bed him in and that showed in his game [in Asia]. He is very positive and I enjoyed playing with him.”

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20 Jul 2011