Return to form proves importance of Bournemouth midfielder

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Bournemouth’s return to winning ways has coincided with Harry Arter’s return from suspension.


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Bournemouth revived their flailing promotion push with a 2-1 victory over fellow high-flyers Wolves on Tuesday night.

The victory for Eddie Howe’s men was their first in six matches and moved them to within two points of the automatic promotion places following Derby County’s loss to Brighton.

Harry Arter had been ever present for Bournemouth until he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season last month. The Cherries replaced him with Shaun MacDonald during his two-match ban, only to lose both matches.

His recent return from suspension has coincided with Bournemouth’s return to winning ways.

Arter has been a cornerstone of Howe’s side this season and has established himself as their most important central midfielder.

The energy he provides aids their quest to play the free-flowing, fast-paced attacking football that is crucial to their style, and his darts from midfield give defences all sorts of headaches, as well as freeing up space for their more attack-minded players to thrive in.

Arter has had a stellar campaign from his deep central midfield role, creating 37 chances on goal, completing 85% of his passes and 73% of his dribbles.

His return to the side has been extremely timely for Bournemouth, who are hoping to play Premier League football for the first time in their history.

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