So as Arsenal’s official website confirmed today, The Gunners have secured the signing of Non-League left back, Cohen Bramall. This signing had been known for a bit now, but finally the club were able to confirm it.
Cohen Bramall’s rise from Hednesford Town to Arsenal isn’t a long one really but amazing considering the lack of time it took to materialise. He’d only been at Hednesford Town since July when Arsenal spotted him in the middle of a two week trial at Sheffield Wednesday before offering him their own two day trial just before Christmas, where afterwards Arsène Wenger simply shook Bramall’s hand and said “I like the way you play.” And the rest is yet to be written.
Some believed Bramall would slot straight into the first team, mainly because Wenger had him training with the main squad as opposed to the Under-23’s, as well as the talent and speed he’s already proven he’s capable of (he once clocked in at 10.90 in the 100m sprint, the London 2012 qualifying time was 10.18) but the Arsenal manager has since confirmed he wasn’t quite ready for the Premier League yet and would be providing much needed competition to Marc and Tolaji Bola (no relation) at LB, as well as Tyrell Robinson when he moves up from the Under-18’s.
There have been a few comparisons drawn up about Bramall already, one by Wenger himself, saying he’s like “a young Ashley Cole.” Let’s hope the club allow the youngster to develop and grow into what a magnificent talent those who know him already say he’ll be.
With all that said and done and Cohen Bramall part of Arsenal’s young setup, the term “wonder kid” or “whizkid” comes too loosely for some in my opinion but that’s exactly what Bramall is deemed to be as is the other youngster Arsenal are keeping tabs on. His name is Toby Sibbick and he’s currently a second year scholar with AFC Wimbledon.
He signed a new deal with Wimbledon last August and although is yet to feature in a senior game for the side, he is highly regarded by them. He can play primarily at Centre-Back but also at Right-Back and it’s pretty clear Wenger is currently on the lookout for English talent from the lower leagues.
He recently poached Rob Holding away from Bolton and back then confirmed he would continue to target players like him. “I’ve said [to our scouts] to look at the lower leagues because the good players are there now. Don’t forget we have many foreign players [in the Premier League] but good English players have to go down to develop.”