NATHAN Ake described as "superb" Cherries team-mate Ryan Fraser – and hopes the flying winger will stay at Vitality Stadium.

The former Aberdeen talent last week was linked with a move to Arsenal, according to the Mirror, after scoring six goals and providing 10 assists in the Premier League this season.

On Saturday, Ake and Fraser played a key role in securing Cherries early lead against Burnley before the Dorset club slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

The Scotland international's teasing free-kick was flicked on by Jefferson Lerma and Ashley Barnes headed into his own goal, with Ake loitering in a dangerous position.

Asked about the need for Cherries to fend off any interest in Fraser, Ake said: "Ryan has been superb for us this season. You could see on Saturday a few good balls again.

"His assists have been very good for us. He is always working very hard. He is one of the main guys this season and the club or especially me want to keep him.

"He is a superb, top, top player. Every day he shows that in training but also in the games with the amount of crosses he puts in and chances he creates. He is a very, very good player.”

Burnley rallied after the early setback with goals just 139 seconds apart from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood before Barnes cemented victory in the second half.

Asked what went wrong against the Clarets, Ake told the Daily Echo: “Almost everything.

“Before the first goal we did okay but they made it very difficult and they scored two in quick succession.

“After that we tried to play on the ball a little bit and we created a few chances.

“We wanted to carry that on in the second half but we did not.

“When they scored it was very tough to come back as they just sat in and it is hard for us to penetrate.

“All of the goals could have been prevented. There have been a lot of them this season but also, apart from the goals, we need to look at how we played – it just was not good enough.

“On the ball, normally, we are confident in trying to play but on Saturday we weren’t. We didn’t go anywhere with the ball, especially in the second half, so that is a big concern as well.”