By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Published: 14:49 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 14:54 GMT, 1 November 2019
Pep Guardiola says he understands Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka’s angry reaction to abuse from his own supporters, but hopes the player can put the controversy behind him.
Xhaka has revealed the extent of the vile comments made about his wife and children that led to him snapping when he was booed after being substituted against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has refused to say if Xhaka will keep the captain’s armband but has dropped the player against Wolves this weekend, while Guardiola sympathised with the Switzerland international over his outburst.
Granit Xhaka gestures angrily after being booed by Arsenal fans against Crystal Palace
The midfielder may now lose the Arsenal captaincy and will not play against Wolves
‘We have to respect our supporters, it’s not easy for the players sometimes,’ said the Manchester City manager. ‘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 his teammates to get them winning games. He’s the captain because he has