Pep Guardiola sympathises with Granit Xhaka and calls him an “incredible” player.
Granit Xhaka has enjoyed some support since he fell out with the Arsenal fans last weekend.
The Swiss midfielder surprisingly refused to apologise to the Gunners’ fans for his actions and instead issued a statement ‘explaining’ what happened to him and the reason for his actions.
He has been slammed by most fans but also had sympathy from some. It now seems one of his big sympathisers is Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola insisted that Xhaka was an “incredible” player who just allowed his emotions get to him as they do most times as footballers.
Pep has had his share of emotional outbursts having been sent off on several occasions before now.
Pep understands Xhaka emotions
“We have to respect our supporters, it’s not easy for the players sometimes. I can understand Xhaka – the emotion of that moment even if I don’t know exactly what’s going on inside.
“Maybe I’m not the best guy to say that because sometimes I lose my emotions and cannot control myself. But you have to try because at the end of the day it’s just a game so have fun and try to do your best.
“I’m pretty sure Xhaka gives absolutely everything to do his best for Arsenal and their teammates to get them winning games.
“He’s the captain because he has something special in the locker room. It has happened, sometimes you lose control.
“It will be forgotten and move forward, hopefully in the future the fans can forgive him and Xhaka can come back and show what an incredible player he is.”
Xhaka is not the first player to be at the wrong end of fans frustration. It also does not help that he is the team’s captain, he should know better.
He has been taken out of the team for the time being and will miss Arsenal’s next game against Wolves.
It is unclear if he will ever wear an Arsenal shirt again. However, what is sure is that he will struggle to gain the support of the club’s fans again.