Guardiola reacts to Xhaka’s clash with Arsenal fans

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has sympathized with Arsenal captain, Granit Xhaka, following his confrontation with his own fans.

The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace on Sunday, throwing away a 2-0 lead.

But the result was overshadowed by Xhaka reacting angrily when fans ironically cheered and then booed him as he was substituted.

Xhaka sarcastically encouraged the jeering by throwing his arms up and cupping an ear, before shouting expletives at the crowd and taking his shirt off as he headed straight for the tunnel.

“We have to respect our supporters,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“But it is not easy for the players sometimes.

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“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.”

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