By Kevin Campbell

28th Dec, 2020 | 7:45am

Pundit Exclusive: Arsenal player who dazzled v Chelsea tipped to rejoin 'Club He Loves'

Arsenal may sanction the sale of Hector Bellerin to Barcelona in 2021 despite his impressive performance against Chelsea last night.

That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 25-year-old returning to his boyhood club next year.

Bellerin started ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Boxing Day as Mikel Arteta’s side ended their torrid run of form with a 3-1 win over Chelsea.

The Mirror claim Joan Laporta wants to bring Bellerin back to the Nou Camp if he is re-elected as the club’s president.

It is reported that an agreement is already in place between Laporta and the Arsenal defender’s representatives regarding a move at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

When asked by Football Insider if he believes the club would sanction the sale of the La Masia graduate next summer, Campbell said:

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“Bellerin, by his own admission, has not been ripping trees up. He was getting exposed at times.

“Maitland-Niles really sured up the right-hand side when he came in earlier this month. The performances were a lot more solid, especially on that right-hand side.

“There is a question to be asked of Bellerin and a lot of fans are asking it. Will the club sell him?

“There is rumours of Barcelona’s interest. It is his boyhood club, the club he loves and maybe that would be a good bit of business.” 

In other news, Arsenal have been tipped to bin a senior defender who is ‘just there for the money’ in January.