Right-back could leave Arsenal – report

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Hector Bellerin has an uncertain future at Arsenal after falling down the pecking order and being loaned out to Real Betis. Estadio Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness) believe he could turn the move permanent as he’s resigned to his situation back in North London.

The 26-year-old found himself behind Cedric Soares, Callum Chambers and Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back, so he sought a temporary move away to get first-team opportunities. Bellerin is open to staying in Spain after being told he had no future under Mikel Arteta, and Estadio Deportivo say Betis are a ‘boyhood club’ of his.

Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 and has gone on to make 239 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals with 29 assists. The Spanish international was a regular for the majority of his 10-year stay in England, but he was deemed surplus to requirements this campaign.

Bellerin’s cruciate ligament injury and hamstring problem meant playing time was sparse in 2019/20 and 2020/21, so Arsenal moved on without him. Cedric, Chambers and Tomiyasu became more reliable options at right-back, so Bellerin was allowed to leave over the summer when Real Betis showed an interest.

The 26-year-old has since become a regular at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, making 14 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini, so his future could easily be in Spain. There’s little reason for stay at Arsenal for the final year of his contract, so a move might be on the cards in the coming months.

Estadio Deportivo note that Betis aren’t the only side interested in Bellerin, so a bidding war could commence at the end of the season. The right-back is very happy with Los Verdiblancos, however, so they could influence his decision.

Arsenal won’t want to lose value on a player that’s on the periphery, so it’s expected they will cash in on Bellerin when the campaign is over. If they wait longer, they risk losing him on a free transfer as his contract is up in 2023.