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AFC Bournemouth: Arter boosted by big name arrivals
DETERMINED midfield dynamo Harry Arter insisted he would prosper from the influx of international stars at Cherries – despite the added competition for places.
The 23-year-old, who marked his comeback with a sweeping strike in Cherries’ epic encounter with Millwall last weekend, has seen the options for his own central midfield berth strengthened significantly following promotion to the Championship.
Andrew Surman was drafted in on a season-long loan over the summer before boss Eddie Howe responded to a swathe of injuries by capturing West Ham’s Welsh international Jack Collison on a 28-day deal.
Howe has also added to his ambitious artillery in other areas with South African striker Tokelo Rantie reportedly smashing the club’s record transfer fee.
But despite seeing some heavyweight weapons added to Cherries’ arsenal, Arter defiantly declared that Howe’s relentless pursuit of progress would only inspire improvement.
Arter told the Daily Echo: “Jack has already made a massive impression.
“You could tell (against Millwall), he knew how to see out games having played at the top level and had probably experienced top teams like Manchester United doing that to him.
“We have reached the stage now where we all know the manager would only bring in players who are as good as or who have achieved more than the current squad.
“Anyone who wants to play has to raise their game and try to reach those players’ level which has provided great motivation because he (Howe) would only add people who benefit the team.
“But, in terms of earning a place, nothing has changed much because we have always had a lot of quality and nobody ever felt their shirt was safe before.”
Meanwhile, Arter revealed his relief at solving the mystery of his early season injury woes and vowed to be as fresh as ever after the international break.
“I picked up the injury in the league game at Watford and it took a little while to diagnose,” said Arter.
“In the end, I was just pleased to find out what it was and get to work with Steve (Hard, Cherries physio) to sort it out.
“I now have two weeks to work on my fitness and go into the next game as sharp as I usually am.”
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