‘Not easy for players to always respect supporters’ – Guardiola pities Xhaka

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola offered sympathy to beleaguered Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka following his confrontation with Gunners fans, acknowledging an understanding of the midfielder’s emotions.

“We have to respect our supporters,” Guardiola told reporters. “But it is not easy for the players sometimes.

“I understand Xhaka, the emotions, the moment. I don’t know what’s going on inside, but maybe I’m not the right man to say, because sometimes I cannot control my emotions, but you have to try it.

“At the end, it’s just a game, to have fun, to do their best, and I’m sure all the players, Xhaka included, do their absolute best for Arsenal, do the best for his mates and for winning games. He is the captain because he has something special in the locker room.

“It’s happened because sometimes you lose control. It will be forgotten, they’ll move forward and hopefully the fans can forgive Xhaka and he can show what an incredible player he is.”