In an intriguing and wide-ranging interview with the Daily Mail, Harry Arter spoke about a number of issues – his injury torment, the influence of Eddie Howe, and the heartbreak of his still-born daughter.
Talking to Jamie Redknapp, Arter had a quick and forthright answer when asked about an idiot who abused him about the worst thing that can happen to any parent.
He told Redknapp:
“I’ve ignored it. It hasn’t impacted on me. Some little kid sitting in his house tweeting me when I’m playing against Arsenal is not important in my life. Honestly, hand on heart. It’s not. There is nothing more to say.”
The horrific tweets were completely uncalled for and Arter must be admired for passing on the opportunity to bad-mouth the offender and showed his class and maturity in how he handled the situation.
That is just a small part of the article, which is worth a read as Arter talks openly and honestly about how he sees himself as a player. As well as talking about how he rates himself, the Republic of Ireland international also spoke about how various managers viewed him. Some bosses he didn’t see eye to eye with, but interestingly, he reveals what Alan Pardew said to him back when they were both at Charlton Athletic:
“Alan Pardew could be harsh with me, but I liked him and we got on well. He gave me my debut at Charlton and on the day he left he told me: “You’ve had a tough time, but I have faith in you, you’re going to be a player, son.”
It’s hard to disagree with Pardew on that one.