Harry Arter was taken aback by Pep Guardiola's comforting words
Arter and partner Rachel suffered the tragic loss of a stillborn daughter Reece in December 2015.
“Emotions will be running high,” said Arter. "I am very excited but there is a bit of anxiety to go alongside that. God willing, everything will be fine.
“Pep offered his best wishes to me and my partner, which was a lovely touch.
“He is someone I have a massive amount of respect for having watched his Barcelona teams so for him to take his time out and offer that was something I really appreciated.
Pep Guardiola spoke at length with Harry Arter after the game
“For me, he is still the best manager in the world. I don’t think there is anybody who comes 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.”
Arter is missing Bournemouth’s warm weather training camp in Madrid to be by Rachel’s side for the birth.
But he revealed Bournemouth’s players have held their own crisis talks in a bid to stop their slide towards the relegation zone.
“Against City we showed what we were about in terms of work-rate,” he said. “We matched them in that respect and came off the pitch proud of the physical output.
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“There was not one of our players who didn’t give their all. We got clapped off and it is key the supporters are on board.
“At the moment it is not falling for us but if we keep showing the heart we did on Monday I have no doubt we will be okay.
“In the performances before that against Hull, Watford and Crystal Palace there was something lacking. We were not all on the same page.
“We have had a lot of in-house chats and positive training and we can go into our next game with West Brom with more confidence. We know what we need to do to get out of this mess.”