AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter believes that the Cherries first focus this season is to achieve safety in the Premier League.
Last season, the Cherries finished the first season in the clubs history in the top flight of English football in 16th place.
AFC Bournemouth finished five points clear of the relegation places and theoretically clinched their Premier League status with victory over Swansea City with 8 games of the season remaining.
At this point last season, the Cherries had just 8 points and were in the bottom 3, with only two victories and two draws from 12 games.
This season, the Cherries are 9th with 6 points more after 12 games.
But whilst AFC Bournemouth are currently closer to European qualification than the fight for survival, the focus remains on avoiding the drop to the Championship.
Arter told the Daily Echo…
“Although we achieved safety last season, I believe repeating that becomes a new challenge for us every year.
“We have no right to expect to be in this division. This club`s been in the lower leagues throughout its whole existence so we have no divine right to be in this league.
“If we were to stay up again – although people may see it as settling for staying up – I believe that would be a big achievement.
‘You see a lot of clubs do well in the first year after promotion but then go down the following year.”
I don’t see us going down; we’re too good honestly.
Sunderland, Swansea, Hull, Burnley, Boro and West Brom are all definitely worse than us.
We’re on par with teams like Watford, Palace and, on current form, West Ham.
Think Sunderland Swansea Hull will go down. I think Swansea have kind of gone unnoticed – Join the conversation here.
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