By Kevin Campbell

11th Mar, 2021 | 4:00pm

Campbell: This may be real reason Bellerin axed by Arsenal amid key transfer update

Hector Bellerin has not fallen out of favour at Arsenal – Mikel Arteta is simply resting the Spaniard for an upcoming gruelling run of fixtures. 

That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after rarely-seen Callum Chambers started ahead of Bellerin for the 1-1 draw with Burnley last Saturday.

It was the second successive game the 25-year-old had started on the bench after Cedric Soares was preferred to him for the 3-1 victory over Leicester last Sunday.

According to The Daily Mirror, Bellerin is the subject of interest from Barcelona following the club’s recent re-election of Joan Laporta as president.

The four-time Spain international was once considered one of the finest full-back prospects in world football but has seen his stock fall across recent seasons.

But Campbell insists that Bellerin’s position is not under threat despite growing unrest among Arsenal fans at the quality of his output of late.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think Cedric was carrying an injury and obviously there’s a big game in midweek against Olympiakos.

“I don’t think he [Bellerin] was snubbed because I think there are four games in nine days. I think it’s just the manager using his brain and getting a player a bit of rest where he can because there’s gonna be a lot of football played.

“But there is a clamour for the football club to search for a recognised right-back. The fanbase are not happy with the production of Bellerin.”

Bellerin will be hoping to return to the starting XI for tonight’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie with Olympiakos.

The Gunners are currently 10th in the Premier League table and have 35 points with 11 games left to play.

In other news, Arsenal fear they made the wrong decision in letting go of Emiliano Martinez ahead of Bernd Leno.