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I was fuming but Arsenal snub didn't lead to bust-up with boss, says Tottenham's Danny Rose

By Tom Allnutt

Tottenham's Danny Rose was left "fuming" by his north London derby snub but insists he understood the decision and has not fallen out with Mauricio Pochettino.

Rose was not even named on the bench for Saturday's defeat to Arsenal as Pochettino felt he would be better off doing a fitness session. The move prompted renewed speculation surrounding the future of the defender, who had to apologise in August after suggesting he would be open to leaving Spurs.

However, speaking after Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, Rose sought to clarify his reaction to missing out against the Gunners.

"My reaction was I was fuming, I was angry, but understanding at the same time," Rose said. "There's been no bust-up, no argument, no falling out. The manager just explained that he thought it'd be better for me to do a hard session on Saturday.

"I did that. I understand that there's been a lot of reports but it's not welcomed, and it's not true, and whether I'd been at the Emirates or not, I think everybody's losing sight that I couldn't have stopped the referee or linesman from making bad decisions which led to us conceding.

"Me and the manager have not fallen out, we have not not had an argument. I was angry about not being involved, but at the same time, I understand and I respect his views."

Rose played 90 minutes for the first time since January against Dortmund after spending nine months out with a knee injury.

Goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane overturned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opener at the Westfalenstadion as Tottenham secured first place in Group H.

Asked how close he is to 100 per cent, Rose said: "I don't know. I thought I was close and then first half I was horrendous, I thought I was getting hooked at half-time, and it gave me a bit of a reality check.

"I don't think I'm far off but I hope I can play as many more games to help me get there as quickly as possible."

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