Thursday 18 January 2018

Harry Arter's comments on Euro 2016 and the upcoming clash with Austria will please Irish fans

Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama Reuters / Dylan Martinez Newsdesk Newsdesk

Harry Arter garnered another man-of-the-match award as Bournemouth picked up a point against title chasing Spurs and he is hoping his club form will lead to a breakthrough with the Republic of Ireland.

The aggressive midfielder has been putting in some fine displays for the Cherries this season and has been gaining admirers on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The 26-year-old is yet to pick up a competitive cap for Ireland but is hoping that Martin O'Neill deploys him against the Austrians next month.

With Brady injured and Hendrick suspended, the Moldovan game would have represented the perfect opportunity to blood Arter but he missed the double-header because of a groin concern.

"Unfortunately I missed out through injury last time but hopefully all goes well throughout this month and I'll be okay for the Austria game," he told Off The Ball on Newstalk after today's game.

"The times I have been there I have been fully prepared to play but unfortunately it hasn't happened for me yet and hopefully this time around, if I'm there and I'm fit, I'll get a chance.

"There was a chance in Serbia where I thought I was going to get the nod but unfortunately I didn't. I felt we performed well out in Serbia, we got a good result.

"Hopefully this time around I'll get more of a chance and if I do, it will be down to me (to perform)."

Arter believes Ireland's trip to Vienna will represent our toughest assignment on the group but says out seven-point haul will heap the pressure on the hosts.

"The two results were great result and set us up in a fantastic position. I feel the Austria game is going to be the toughest game in the group," he added.

"It has set us up well to go there with points behind us. The pressure is going to be purely on them, if they don't get a result..."

Arter revealed that watching Ireland perform at Euro 2016 offered him the perfect incentive to improve himself ahead of this season.

"All through the summer I was watching the Euros and using it as motivation to get fit, establish myself as a Premier League player and hopefully now with Ireland."

On the eve of the Georgia game, online rumours sparked speculation that Arter was considering throwing his lot in with England and the midfielder was less than impressed with it and the reaction of some Irish fans.

"At the time I didn't want to answer anything about it because it hadn't come from me. For someone to make up a rumour like that... I personally felt it didn't deserve an answer," he added.

"One of the things I was disappointed by was the reaction of certain people in Ireland but that's football and I chose to ignore it."

There was an incident in today's game where Arter appeared to be caught in the face with an elbow by Moussa Sissoko but the Irish international played down the incident.

"At the time I was pretty angry, he caught me straight in the face. He apologised after the game to me and he said if he did catch me he didn't mean to.

"I'm happy to take that and if he didn't mean to do it hopefully he won't get punished."

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