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Arter: Current system creates more chances

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter believes the Cherries current formation creates more chances than the more traditional 4-4-2.

Over the past few months, the Cherries have adopted a similar system to those used in the Premier League and across Europe.

A straight back four is protected by a deep sitting midfielder, with another two central midfielders supporting the wingers and lone striker.

Out of possession the players slot into a 4-5-1 system, whilst in possession of the ball it switches to a 4-3-3.

Despite the improved results and attractive style of play, some sections of the Cherries support, particularly at home have voiced their frustrations at the system, but Arter believes the system suits the players.

Arter told the Daily Echo...

"Sometimes it is difficult when the fans see we are playing one up front. They might see it as a negative tactic but in terms of chances, we create more when we play three in midfield.

"The team have definitely been more comfortable with it lately. It was never going to be something which clicked into position straight away, we have had to work hard at it every day in training.

"You can see it has started to come together in games now and we have been the better team for long spells in the past six or seven games.

"If a result doesn`t go for us one week it is not necessarily down to tactics, there are other reasons, but if we keep playing the way we are at the moment we will see plenty of positive results."

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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 11 2014

Time: 12:13PM

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I don't agree because the midfield doesn't get forward enough. If Grabban has to collect the ball wide on the wing he is stuck on his own because the midfield is to deep. As soon as Kermogant has come on we look to have more scoring chances, though if Rantie or Pitman come on with him we sacrifice our best scoring option by putting Grabban on the wing. We have to start with two up front on Saturday as we will have to score 2 or 3 to beat Burnley, they will score!
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11/02/2014 12:38:00

...I don't agree that we have the players to benefit from a 4-5-1 and like FH says Grabban on the flank is a waste of our top goalscorer?...the squad is blessed with decent wide players like Pugh,Ritchie, and Fraser add to them Francis and Daniels overlapping and the perfect balance woould be to have an attack minded CM player which we don't really have in O'Kane,Arter, Surman or MacDonald. I do think that with Kermorgant in the side we need another striker alongside him? Grabban may profit from collecting a few knock downs and hold up passes from Yann...coupled with Yann's aerial presecne in the box too? Plus Rantie or Pitman can be introduced when we need to chase a game?
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11/02/2014 16:18:00

Agree with FletchersHead and garbo. Kermorgant needs to be with another up front. Rantie can't be up front by himself. Grabban on the wing is crazy. Saturday will be interesting but I fear the worst.
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