Kante is unbelievable but Hazard is the best in the league, says Arter

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Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter picked out Eden Hazard, not N'Golo Kante, as his toughest opponent of the seasonasChelsea ran out3-1 winners at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Kante got his first Chelsea assist in the PremierLeague in his 30th appearance for the Blues, but Hazard finished off the move by brilliantly rounding Artur Boruc.

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Arter was directly involved in a midfield battle with the France international but he thinks that although Kante deserves his praise, it was Hazard that impressed him the most.

“Kante is an unbelievable player," he said after the match."He has got as lot of praise this season but defensively he’s unbelievable - he probably doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is on the ball as well.

"He’s very good but it’s hard to pick one player out in their side. They have got Hazard who I feel is the best I’ve played against this season. He was very difficult to play against."

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Bournemouth gave a good account of themselves against Chelsea and were chasing a draw after Joshua King's strike pulled one back after Adam Smith's own goal and Hazard's strike.

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Marcos Alonso's free-kick in the second half ended theCherries'hopes in front of their own fans and Arter admits that the Blues havevery few weaknesses.

“A lot of sides you can always pick out one player that a team will try and use and you can come up with a game plan to stop them, but Chelsea have got so many individuals there it comes to a point whereit’s almost impossible to play against them.

“If everyone is not completely at itthen you are not going to beat a side like that and unfortunately we weren’t. And it was disappointing to lose the game in the fashion we did.”

“It was a very tough game.Mentally andphysically it was very demanding and it’s easy to see why they are top of the league. Maybe they felt when it wentto 2-1they had to put more pressure on us.

Harry Arter Bournemouth
Harry Arter Bournemouth

"Their shape has got them a lot of success this season and it’s tough to play against. They are obviously very consistent with it and for a lot of teams it’s hard to come up with a game plan to counter it."

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