Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have one of the fiercest rivalries in English football, but there are times when it pales into significance.
On Wednesday, Tottenham left-back Danny Rose spoke openly about his battle with depression.
While speaking to reporters at England’s St George’s Park training base ahead of the World Cup, the 27-year-old admitted that a series of issues affected his mental health.
Rose revealed that a long-term knee injury that kept him out for the majority of last season took its toll.
During his time on the sidelines, his uncle committed suicide, his mother suffered racial abuse and his brother was shot at inside the family home.
The Guardian quotes Rose as saying:
“It’s no secret that I’ve been through a testing time at Tottenham this season. It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about. I had to get away from Tottenham.
“I’m lucky that England gave me that opportunity to get away, refresh my mind and I’ll always be grateful to them. I was on medication for a few months – nobody knows about that apart from my agent – but I’m off the medication now, I’m good again and looking forward to how far we can go in Russia.”
Rose’s frank honesty has prompted even the most ardent of Arsenal supporters to praise the left-back, who has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer.
On social media channels Reddit and Twitter, Arsenal fans posted respectful messages about the England international, who started just nine Premier League games last season.
— Aditya Gajinkar (@Aditya_UG) June 7, 2018
I may be an Arsenal fan but I have massive respect for Danny Rose now, such a massive thing to speak publicly about but his bravery really helps to bring more attention to this issue, also it may even help some football fans fighting depression realize that they are not alone 🌹 https://t.co/4pDBmTPP06
— LMcK (@LMcKLtd) June 7, 2018