AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter: Cherries' record finish meaningless without promotion push next season

PUSHING ON: AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter

PUSHING ON: AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter

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MIDFIELD man Harry Arter insists Cherries’ record-breaking exploits will count for nothing if they don’t sustain their meteoric progress with a promotion push next season.

Irrespective of tomorrow’s result at relegation-threatened Millwall (12.15pm), Eddie Howe’s men will end their first season in the Championship with the club’s highest finish and record points total in the second tier.

Ninth-placed Cherries are already four points better off than Harry Redknapp’s class of 1989 ahead of the Den clash, with eighth place still up for grabs if they can win in London.

But while the Dean Court faithful celebrate their loftiest position in English football, 24-year-old Arter was adamant that the squad had no time for backslapping and declared it would be a “failure” should Cherries not go on to establish themselves in the promotion-chasing pack next time round.

Asked for his views on setting the standard, Arter told the Echo: “The lads don’t really see it like that. Maybe it’s something to look back on when we finish our careers but next season, we want to break the record again.

“We don’t want to look at it now, pat ourselves on the back with smiles on our faces and end up finishing lower than that next season.

“What we want to achieve has nothing to do with breaking records as such, but that does go hand-in-hand with wanting to be successful.

"The mentality we have had for the past two years has proved successful and with that we have broken many records along the way.

“If for whatever reason we don’t manage to better it, I’m sure we’ll look back and realise what we have achieved, but in the meantime we have a lot of unfinished business and this is no time to think about this being the club’s best ever finish. We want more.

“As much as it is a great record, you don’t win anything for finishing eighth.

“Next season, if we don’t get in the play-offs or aim for promotion then it will be a failure. The most important thing is to keep improving and this season will be a good benchmark for us.”

Meanwhile, despite Millwall’s Championship future being on the line, Arter added that Cherries still had plenty to play for in their own right.

“As much as people might think it is not important to us, eighth place is up for grabs,” he said.

“We want to finish as high as we can and I know the manager won’t let us rest on our laurels just because others assume we have nothing to play for.

“It will be as important to us as the Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich games and we’ll be up for this one as much as any other.”

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7:30pm Fri 2 May 14

Cherryfan says...

Forgot about Harry, to be honest not missed his rants and dodgy tackling. Just shows the depth of the depth of the squad we have now.
Forgot about Harry, to be honest not missed his rants and dodgy tackling. Just shows the depth of the depth of the squad we have now. Cherryfan
  • Score: -15

8:13pm Fri 2 May 14

raybren says...

Let him loose in the Lions Den ! Can he add to his 8 yellows and 1 red ? A talented player who needs to get down to his midfield mate ' s level = O ' Kane , 3 yellows .
Let him loose in the Lions Den ! Can he add to his 8 yellows and 1 red ? A talented player who needs to get down to his midfield mate ' s level = O ' Kane , 3 yellows . raybren
  • Score: -6

8:15pm Fri 2 May 14

raybren says...

By the way , the picture says it all . Two down and just the ref . to go !
By the way , the picture says it all . Two down and just the ref . to go ! raybren
  • Score: -6

9:19pm Fri 2 May 14

dekayedcherry says...

Harry Arter makes a valid point about improving next season and pushing for a top 6 or higher finish. Harry is a very talented and creative midfielder but MUST learn to keep his mouth SHUT around the referee.He has picked up far too many yellow cards for silly arguments with the officials (some deserved,some not) which then puts him on a "possible" red card if he miss times a tackle etc. He can be a bit reckless with some of his tackling (his last red card a prime example) as his exuberance sometimes gets the better of him, but then even Man U's Paul Scholes was not the best of tacklers either. Midfielders because of their continual involvement in the game are likely to pick up more cards but Arter needs to "temper" his exuberant nature a little and keep his opinions during the game to himself.
He was sorely missed in the Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday games when he may have made a difference from the start or as a sub but was sadly not available. So Harry, you need to take a good look at your colleague Simon Francis who has played every game despite the odd yellow card and getting kicked a good few times,he just gets up and gets on with the game ( old school values). So Harry let's see a huge improvement in your disciplinary record and a determination to stay on the field to show us all what marvellous footballing skills you've got and great shot in both feet.
Good luck to all the lads on Saturday at Millwall and let's repay their "coin throwing" fans by sending Millwall to Div.1 UTC.
Harry Arter makes a valid point about improving next season and pushing for a top 6 or higher finish. Harry is a very talented and creative midfielder but MUST learn to keep his mouth SHUT around the referee.He has picked up far too many yellow cards for silly arguments with the officials (some deserved,some not) which then puts him on a "possible" red card if he miss times a tackle etc. He can be a bit reckless with some of his tackling (his last red card a prime example) as his exuberance sometimes gets the better of him, but then even Man U's Paul Scholes was not the best of tacklers either. Midfielders because of their continual involvement in the game are likely to pick up more cards but Arter needs to "temper" his exuberant nature a little and keep his opinions during the game to himself. He was sorely missed in the Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday games when he may have made a difference from the start or as a sub but was sadly not available. So Harry, you need to take a good look at your colleague Simon Francis who has played every game despite the odd yellow card and getting kicked a good few times,he just gets up and gets on with the game ( old school values). So Harry let's see a huge improvement in your disciplinary record and a determination to stay on the field to show us all what marvellous footballing skills you've got and great shot in both feet. Good luck to all the lads on Saturday at Millwall and let's repay their "coin throwing" fans by sending Millwall to Div.1 UTC. dekayedcherry
  • Score: 6

9:39pm Fri 2 May 14

socoolmichael says...

Agree, agree, agree, agree!
Agree, agree, agree, agree! socoolmichael
  • Score: -5

11:12pm Fri 2 May 14

golfer33 says...

socoolmichael wrote:
Agree, agree, agree, agree!
Agree, agree, agree, agree!
[quote][p][bold]socoolmichael[/bold] wrote: Agree, agree, agree, agree![/p][/quote]Agree, agree, agree, agree! golfer33
  • Score: -6

6:11am Sat 3 May 14

Nat1234 says...

Cherryfan wrote:
Forgot about Harry, to be honest not missed his rants and dodgy tackling. Just shows the depth of the depth of the squad we have now.
Harry is the one player we miss more than any other , his battling in midfield is awesome . No other player in the squad has got that . Also this article just shows you what sort of player he is .. LET'S STUFF MILWALL TODAY AND SEND THEM DOWN .this div. will be a safer place without them ....
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Forgot about Harry, to be honest not missed his rants and dodgy tackling. Just shows the depth of the depth of the squad we have now.[/p][/quote]Harry is the one player we miss more than any other , his battling in midfield is awesome . No other player in the squad has got that . Also this article just shows you what sort of player he is .. LET'S STUFF MILWALL TODAY AND SEND THEM DOWN .this div. will be a safer place without them .... Nat1234
  • Score: 6

9:17am Sat 3 May 14

solihull cherry says...

Interesting statistic; - last year 54 points were needed to avoid relegation from the Championship;. This year 46 points will probably be sufficient...not sure what this proves but interesting nonetheless!
Interesting statistic; - last year 54 points were needed to avoid relegation from the Championship;. This year 46 points will probably be sufficient...not sure what this proves but interesting nonetheless! solihull cherry
  • Score: 3

10:06am Sat 3 May 14

Square Old Codger says...

It wont be easy to mount a promotion bid next year, there will be six Clubs with huge "parachute" payments ( much increased this Season ) from the Premier League and will will have to keep our key players and add a couple more quality players to the squad. But I am sure that's just what the \Management will try to do and we have , on the whole, a young squad who will under Eddie and Jason's guidance continue to improve and hopefully one or two will come through the ranks of the Development Squad. As for Harry, his firey nature is an integeral part of the way he plays and I dont think that he would be as good without it, but agree that he should try and contain himself verbally!! It has been a great Season though and its pleasing to see the Club and its players ambition, long may that last..
It wont be easy to mount a promotion bid next year, there will be six Clubs with huge "parachute" payments ( much increased this Season ) from the Premier League and will will have to keep our key players and add a couple more quality players to the squad. But I am sure that's just what the \Management will try to do and we have , on the whole, a young squad who will under Eddie and Jason's guidance continue to improve and hopefully one or two will come through the ranks of the Development Squad. As for Harry, his firey nature is an integeral part of the way he plays and I dont think that he would be as good without it, but agree that he should try and contain himself verbally!! It has been a great Season though and its pleasing to see the Club and its players ambition, long may that last.. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

10:58am Sat 3 May 14

Cherryfan says...

I think Chalton managed 8th last season in their first season up after promotion. Then this season have been hovering around the relegation area most of the time. Hope we can avoid this experience with the drive of our excellent management team.
I think Chalton managed 8th last season in their first season up after promotion. Then this season have been hovering around the relegation area most of the time. Hope we can avoid this experience with the drive of our excellent management team. Cherryfan
  • Score: 2

11:21am Sat 3 May 14

pokesdown1 says...

Mostyn and Bunker.........zzzzz
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Mostyn and Bunker.........zzzzz z. pokesdown1
  • Score: -2

11:30am Sat 3 May 14

Eddie's dog says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It wont be easy to mount a promotion bid next year, there will be six Clubs with huge "parachute" payments ( much increased this Season ) from the Premier League and will will have to keep our key players and add a couple more quality players to the squad. But I am sure that's just what the \Management will try to do and we have , on the whole, a young squad who will under Eddie and Jason's guidance continue to improve and hopefully one or two will come through the ranks of the Development Squad. As for Harry, his firey nature is an integeral part of the way he plays and I dont think that he would be as good without it, but agree that he should try and contain himself verbally!! It has been a great Season though and its pleasing to see the Club and its players ambition, long may that last..
By far the best comment on this page - totally agree......
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It wont be easy to mount a promotion bid next year, there will be six Clubs with huge "parachute" payments ( much increased this Season ) from the Premier League and will will have to keep our key players and add a couple more quality players to the squad. But I am sure that's just what the \Management will try to do and we have , on the whole, a young squad who will under Eddie and Jason's guidance continue to improve and hopefully one or two will come through the ranks of the Development Squad. As for Harry, his firey nature is an integeral part of the way he plays and I dont think that he would be as good without it, but agree that he should try and contain himself verbally!! It has been a great Season though and its pleasing to see the Club and its players ambition, long may that last..[/p][/quote]By far the best comment on this page - totally agree...... Eddie's dog
  • Score: 1

3:38am Sun 4 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

Do not be too surprised if Harry is not the main stay of our midfiekd next year ?

I love that young man's energy and all that he brings with it, but is he trying to talk his way back into a team where he does not belong ?

Big things are happening @ A F C B and Mr Arter may not be a part of it unless he smartens up !

U T C I A D >
Do not be too surprised if Harry is not the main stay of our midfiekd next year ? I love that young man's energy and all that he brings with it, but is he trying to talk his way back into a team where he does not belong ? Big things are happening @ A F C B and Mr Arter may not be a part of it unless he smartens up ! U T C I A D > coops1965cherry
  • Score: -2

3:40am Sun 4 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

golfer33 wrote:
socoolmichael wrote:
Agree, agree, agree, agree!
Agree, agree, agree, agree!
****.


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[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]socoolmichael[/bold] wrote: Agree, agree, agree, agree![/p][/quote]Agree, agree, agree, agree![/p][/quote]****. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx coops1965cherry
  • Score: 2

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