City cruised to a relatively straightforward victory at the Vitality Stadium, with Raheem Sterling and a Tyrone Mings own goal ensuring proceedings finished 2-0 – and ensuring City go to second in the Premier League.
However, one of the real highlights of the night came after the final whistle when Guardiola came onto the pitch to shake the Bournemouth players’ hands.
He pointedly stopped and chatted with Arter, and if you looks closely he can be clearly seen mouthing the words “I’m so sorry for what happened”:
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) February 13, 2017
Touch of class from Guardiola speaking to Harry Arter after the game and offering his condolences #BOUMCI
— Gary Barnes (@GazBarnes89) February 13, 2017
Guardiola clearly seen saying 'so sorry for what happened' to Harry Arter at the end of the game, real compassion in victory. Top man!#mcfc
— Andy Brown (@AndyBrown55) February 13, 2017
Beautiful sight to see Pep Guardiola console Harry Arter at the end there
He's aware of what Arter had lost, strong Character Harry Arter is
— RougeMen:EF (@RougeMEF) February 13, 2017
Great touch from Guardiola finding Harry Arter to offer his condolences after what happened with his baby. Class act!
— Chris Bode (@chrisb0de) February 13, 2017
In December 2015, Arter’s daughter Renée was stillborn, leaving him,his partner Rachel and his family devastated. Earlier this year, a non-league player was sacked for abusing Arter over the loss on Twitter.
Having been through a lot, Guardiola obviously felt compelled to offer Arter his best wishes even though they were competitors on the night.
What a classy, classy gesture. Brilliant stuff.