AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter would have surely had divided loyalties on Saturday, watching the club he has spent many memorable years with, beating his newly adopted side on the opening day of the Premier League season.
As a professional, his focus will now be firmly set with Cardiff City, as that is where he will spend the entirety of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
But his future may remain with AFC Bournemouth.
Following the pre-season friendly with Real Betis, many Cherries fans were wondering if Arter had played his last game for AFC Bournemouth.
Following his loan move to Cardiff City, it almost felt like Arter’s final AFC Bournemouth chapter had been written, but AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists that the door is still left open for Arter at Dean Court.
Asked by the Daily Echo whether Arter had played his last game for Cherries, Howe told the Daily Echo…
“No, not necessarily. I think that will be dependant on lots of factors, not just one thing.
“From my perspective, would I pick Harry Arter again? Yes, of course I would. If I felt it was best for Bournemouth, I would do that…”
“…I love the player and the person and wish him well this season.
“He needs to be happy in his environment and needs to feel like he has a very good chance of playing so, all those things being well, yes, he could come back and play here for sure.”
Arter will now be hoping to make his Cardiff City debut at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.
For any Cherries fans who are not making the trip to London to watch AFC Bournemouth against West Ham, Cardiff City kick off at 12.30pm live on Sky Sports.
Wishing @afcbournemouth all the best for the season, have no doubt it will be another great season. Thank you for all your kind messages and will see you all soon ????
— Harry Arter (@HarryArter2) August 9, 2018
Neil Dawson wrote…
That Boro goal was a beaut. Ironically another of my favourite Harry howitzers came at Cardiff and was a key goal in our promotion drive. I took a Newcastle fan to that game and he has followed Arters career since. He texted me ‘purrlleease’ when the rumour broke that Newcastle was interested.
A real shame he has gone. One of my all-time favourite players who was the metronome to our success. People claiming Gosling is better makes me chuckle. Still, it’s all about opinions.
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