Pep Guardiola wishes Harry Arter well on upcoming birthby Rohan Toure 13/02/2017 19:15:00 0 comments 1 Views
By James Andrew for MailOnline
Published: 18:41 EST, 13 February 2017 | Updated: 19:14 EST, 13 February 2017
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola showed his class when he wished Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter well for the upcoming birth of his child.
Arter and his fiancee Rachel suffered the devastating loss of their daughter Renne when she was stillborn in December 2015.
And after Manchester City's 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night the Sky cameras captured the moment when Guardiola went over to Arter after the final whistle and appeared to say: 'I'm so sorry for what happened, I wish you all the best'.
Pep Guardiola made a point of going over to Bournemouth's Harry Arter after the match to wish him all the best for the upcoming birth of his child
Guardiola was keen to pass on his best to Arter for the upcoming birth of his child
The touching moment between Arter and Guardiola was picked up by the Sky cameras
Guardiola made the gesture after the final whistle and Arter was touched
Arter and Rachel are expecting the birth of their child in the next few days and the midfielder confirmed via Bournemouth's Twitter account what the Spaniard had said: 'He gave me and my partner his best wishes ahead of the birth of our child.'
Arter later told the Daily Echo: 'He offered his best wishes for me and my partner this week, which was an unbelievable touch.
'He is someone I have a massive amount of respect for. I watched his Barcelona teams - and look at his Manchester City side tonight.
Arter was very touched by the gesture made by Guardiola after City beat Bournemouth
The pair walked off the pitch at the Vitality Stadium with their arms round each other
'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.'
In his press conference after the game, Guardiola was asked about his embrace with Arter and said: '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.'
Manchester City won the game 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium thanks to a first half goal from Raheem Sterling and a own goal in the second half from Tyrone Mings.
The result moves Guardiola's City into second in the Premier League, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea, while Bournemouth remain in 14th and six points above the relegation zone.