Sunday 22 October 2017

Watch: 'I accepted it with a smile on my face' - Harry Arter on Pep Guardiola's heartwarming gesture

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed he is a class act as he offered up a wonderful gesture
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed he is a class act as he offered up a wonderful gesture
Pep Guardiola congratulates his players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed he is a class act as he offered up a wonderful gesture to Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter after his side’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth.

Arter turned in a battling performance as his Bournemouth side were outclassed by Guardiola’s top four chasers, yet it was the moment at the final whistle that will be the most memorable moment from this game.

Guardiola rushed to speak to Arter and it seemed that he offered his condolences following the tragic stillborn death of his daughter Renee in December 2015.

Guardiola appeared to say: “I’m so sorry for what happened to you and I wish you all the best,” with Arter clearly touched by the comments as he is counting down to the birth of his child imminently.

Speaking afterwards Arter revealed what was said.

"He offered his best wishes for me and my partner this week, which was an unbelievable touch," Arter told the Daily Echo.

"He is someone I have a massive amount of respect for. I watched his Barcelona teams - and look at his Manchester City side tonight.

"For me, he is the best manager in the world. I don't think there's anybody close to him and what he has achieved.

"For him to offer that to me, I respected it and accepted it with a smile on my face."

Meanwhile, Guardiola made these comments in his press conference: "He will be a father soon so I said big congratulations to him and his partner because I know what happened in the past, and, hopefully, the baby will be well."

This is the moment that should be noted down as one of the most touching of this Premier League season so far.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport