AFC Bournemouth defender Simon Francis has heaped praise on the club’s in-form attacking players.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, the foursome of David Brooks, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh king were reunited for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

King scored the Cherries’ solitary goal against the Gunners and was assisted by Welshman Brooks.

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Wilson, who scored a goal on his England debut against the USA earlier this month, is the club’s top scorer this campaign whilst Fraser has three goals and six assists to his name this term.

The Cherries’ strong start to the season has somewhat stalled in recent weeks after a run of three straight defeats, but Francis is confident the forwards can pull them out of the rut sooner rather than later.

The right-back said:

I said before the Arsenal game that I thought our front four could win it for us. They have that kind of threat. Brooksy, Wee Man, Callum and Kingy are in great form – probably the form of their careers. We have to keep that confidence high and I’m sure Kingy’s will be after Sunday.

What I liked about Kingy’s goal was he took it with his left foot. Maybe a couple of years ago he might have shifted it on to his right foot and not backed himself with his left. But he has worked so hard on his finishing – to bend that in with his left foot was great and Brooksy’s assist was nice as well.

I thought we played really well on the transition when we won the ball back. We countered well, put balls in behind and asked questions of them. We should have got more out of the game and I was disappointed.