BOSS Eddie Howe said Joshua King added a “different dimension” to Cherries’ attacking play after seeing him net on his return to the starting XI.

The striker had been plagued by an ankle injury and missed three Premier League fixtures due to the problem.

King coolly sent home a left-foot strike on the counter to level up Sunday’s home contest against Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the last laugh by sliding in the winner during a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.

But the Cherries boss was happy to have one of his key attacking options back fit and firing.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “He is a huge player for us. Physically, I thought he did really well considering he had been out of action for a while. He added a different dimension to our frontline, worked very well with Callum (Wilson) and I was very impressed with him

“I think they (King and Wilson) linked well together and were a threat, especially during the opening period.

"They pinned back their centre-backs and gave them a problem in behind. It was shame for them that we didn’t get anything out of the match.”

Howe confirmed Jordon Ibe had been left out of his squad for tactical reasons.