Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ireland international Harry Arter receives a glowing tribute from Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal
Jack Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal

Republic of Ireland hopeful Harry Arter has received a glowing endorsement from his new Bournemouth team-mate Jack Wilshere, after his sparkling display in the win against Everton on Saturday.

Arter was man of the match as Bournemouth secured a fine 1-0 win against the Toffees, with Arsenal loanee Wilshere among those impressed by the performance of the 26-year-old who is pushing for a place in the Ireland starting line-up for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

“He is definitely up there with some of the midfielders I’ve played with,” said Wilshere.

“I have played with some top midfielders but it says a lot about a player when you are not at a big club like Arsenal and you are putting in performances like that.

“If he wants to, I’m sure he could go onto bigger clubs. But I’m sure he is enjoying his time at Bournemouth - the fans love him, the manager loves him and he’s got everyone’s respect at the club.

“He is going to be important for us if we want to climb up the table.

“You see with a player like Ross Barkley, Harry didn’t give him a second. He didn’t let him turn, he didn’t let him do his stuff and I’m sure if you ask Ross he will say they are the worst type of players to play against. You hate them.

“You turn and he is there. You think you have beaten him and he comes back at you, so it is horrible to play against.”

Arter’s form must be putting him into position to take a spot in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland midfield, with a lack of creativity one of the major criticisms aired after the 2-2 draw against Serbia earlier this month.

The English-born midfielder has seen his brief international career blighted by injury, but it appears as if his time may be coming to establish himself as a regular in the Ireland line-up.

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