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Arsenal star Kieran Tierney has opened up about mental health after his friends tragically took their own lives.
The Scotsman, 25, has been one of the Premier League’s finest left-backs since joining the Gunners in 2019. But the ex-Celtic captain has also suffered several set-backs, including a big injury in his first season immediately after his transfer.
He bravely revealed in Amazon’s new All or Nothing Arsenal documentary that he struggled mentally after initially moving to London from Glasgow. And he even went on to speak about some personal tragedy he has experienced as a result of mental health problems.
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Tierney said on his move to Arsenal: “It was hard to start with, I was really struggling. Really low point and the homesickness was just terrible to start with. Outside of training I had a lot of time to think.
“I’m not saying I was ever in a bad, bad place where I was suicidal. But my friends have been. Two or three of them have committed suicide, lost their life.
“You’re with these people and you don’t know a thing because they’ve not spoke. So I feel a responsibility to try and help as much as I can because I kind of know how it feels to be in a certain place.”
Having arrived for a £25million fee, Tierney missed the early part of the 2019/20 season following a double hernia operation. He then suffered a dislocated shoulder in November which further kept him on the side-lines and added to his gruelling start.
He eventually showed his quality after returning following the delay to the season caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and he started in both Arsenal’s FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs under Mikel Arteta.
The Scot has continued to impress when fit, appearing 87 times in all competitions and netting four goals. He is expected to face tough competition from Oleksandr Zinchenko this season after the Ukrainian was signed from Manchester City.
If you or someone you know is struggling and needs to talk, call the free Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123. You can also email [email protected] or find your local branch online.
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