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I'm at my best when I'm on the edge says AFC Bournemouth star Arter

Bournemouth Echo: MIDFIELDER: Harry Arter MIDFIELDER: Harry Arter

MIDFIELDER Harry Arter revealed Eddie Howe’s help in shrugging off the shackles of his yellow card peril had brought out his Cherries best.

The 23-year-old hailed his manager’s influence as the catalyst behind a fine run of form which has seen the playmaker impose his natural style on Cherries’ Championship opponents in recent weeks.

Arter, who has picked up eight bookings in 24 league starts this season, admitted his past reputation for going in the referee’s notebook had stifled his game during the early part of the campaign.

But after a frank talk with his boss, the former Woking man feels he has started to unleash his best attributes and insisted there was plenty more to come.

Discussing his form, Arter told the Daily Echo: “I spoke to the manager about five or six weeks ago and we analysed what we felt I could do better. I have felt a lot better since.

“He is quite good at spotting when I am acting differently and picking up on when I am not happy with my game. I felt I was playing below the level I am capable of and my personal form was down to tailoring my game a little bit to avoid bookings.

“Sometimes, I would not go in for tackles quite as much as I had in the past but looking back now it was probably the wrong way to go. He told me to just forget about all that and go back to my old ways and since I have I feel like I have got the rewards from it.

“Pressing people and playing with a high intensity is a big part of my game. You will always give away a foul here or there but I am at my best when I am on the edge.

“I have been criticised in the past for the number of bookings I have received but I have the support of the manager and that has been the most important thing for me.

“Now I have focused on what I am best at, I have showed I can cope against the better players and I would rather pick up the odd booking than play within myself.”

And Arter, who played a starring role in a strong showing at promotion-chasing Derby, reckons he is well placed to push his performances even further.

He added: “At the moment, I feel like I have the right balance to prepare for games with the right mentality to achieve the consistency I am after.

"It is what I expect of myself every single week. I wouldn’t say I am playing exceptionally above myself, I would say it was more down to playing below myself in the past.

“It was more a case of tweaking things here and there. Now, I feel more than comfortable at this level and long may that continue.”

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6:31am Fri 28 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Sounds fair enough to me Harry, another bit of EH pschology magic?Looking for a good performance from Harry and the boys tommorrow and hopefully 3 valuable points.
UTCIAD
Sounds fair enough to me Harry, another bit of EH pschology magic?Looking for a good performance from Harry and the boys tommorrow and hopefully 3 valuable points. UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 5

8:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

mark.s says...

Now that we have a larger squad with more resources we are better able to deal with the suspensions that Arter will inevitably pick up - just as lnog as he stays on the pitch and keeps it down to bookings only.

In the quotes he talks about his tackling - often it isn't Harry's tackling that gets him in trouble. It's he's gobby loud mouth. Keep that shut and he can tackle as much as he likes, within reason.
Now that we have a larger squad with more resources we are better able to deal with the suspensions that Arter will inevitably pick up - just as lnog as he stays on the pitch and keeps it down to bookings only. In the quotes he talks about his tackling - often it isn't Harry's tackling that gets him in trouble. It's he's gobby loud mouth. Keep that shut and he can tackle as much as he likes, within reason. mark.s
  • Score: 10

9:10am Fri 28 Feb 14

cherrychris75 says...

Its not the tackling thats Harry's problem, it's his mouth and thinking that the ref will change his mind if he carries on complaining. Great chance for 3 points tomorrow. Lets not blow it
Its not the tackling thats Harry's problem, it's his mouth and thinking that the ref will change his mind if he carries on complaining. Great chance for 3 points tomorrow. Lets not blow it cherrychris75
  • Score: 6

9:45am Fri 28 Feb 14

abc100 says...

I've said it here before, we need a moaning whinging Harry Arter cos that's when he is on top of his game, he needs to be worked up, I looked into it a few weeks ago and his record isn't that bad at all for a central midfielder that plays on the edge, he averages a booking every 3ish games, agree that he needs to keep his mouth zipped though!!!
I've said it here before, we need a moaning whinging Harry Arter cos that's when he is on top of his game, he needs to be worked up, I looked into it a few weeks ago and his record isn't that bad at all for a central midfielder that plays on the edge, he averages a booking every 3ish games, agree that he needs to keep his mouth zipped though!!! abc100
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ASM says...

Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half.
Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half. ASM
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

North stand badger says...

ASM wrote:
Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half.
A few games ago Surman was oozing class and his control and distribution in midfield was excellent. form with all the players can be up and down, look at Cook for example, Ritchie is another who has had a poor spell
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half.[/p][/quote]A few games ago Surman was oozing class and his control and distribution in midfield was excellent. form with all the players can be up and down, look at Cook for example, Ritchie is another who has had a poor spell North stand badger
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1:52pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ASM says...

North stand badger wrote:
ASM wrote:
Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half.
A few games ago Surman was oozing class and his control and distribution in midfield was excellent. form with all the players can be up and down, look at Cook for example, Ritchie is another who has had a poor spell
ritchie and cook are both doing well. Elphic is the man of the moment. He has been our best player recently IMO. Surman is decent enough and by no means a liability, I'd just much rather see 4-4-2 when O'kane is back fit, than have an extra man in the centre of mid ball watching. But in Ed' I trust, so I'm guessing the other lads perform better with Surman in the team
[quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: Arter is crucial to the team, him and O'kane have been excellent this season. I can't see why How keeps playing Surman, to me he doesn't have any impact on the games. He didn't do anything in the Derby game, it was like we played with only ten men in the first half.[/p][/quote]A few games ago Surman was oozing class and his control and distribution in midfield was excellent. form with all the players can be up and down, look at Cook for example, Ritchie is another who has had a poor spell[/p][/quote]ritchie and cook are both doing well. Elphic is the man of the moment. He has been our best player recently IMO. Surman is decent enough and by no means a liability, I'd just much rather see 4-4-2 when O'kane is back fit, than have an extra man in the centre of mid ball watching. But in Ed' I trust, so I'm guessing the other lads perform better with Surman in the team ASM
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Fri 28 Feb 14

raybren says...

On the edge ....... of the other team ' s penalty area would be good , having a shot or two . You know it makes sense !
On the edge ....... of the other team ' s penalty area would be good , having a shot or two . You know it makes sense ! raybren
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

afcbcasuals says...

Key player has come on leaps and bounds over the past 3 season's ..he has a lot of passion lets hope it stays with him
Key player has come on leaps and bounds over the past 3 season's ..he has a lot of passion lets hope it stays with him afcbcasuals
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