Gunners confirm signing of Cohen Bramall

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of left-back Cohen Bramall from non-league side Hednesford Town, who play in the Northern League Premier Division.

The 20-year-old impressed during a recent trial and Arsenal are reported to have paid a £40,000 fee to Hednesford Town.

He will now become part of the Gunners Under-23s squad.

It’s a remarkable turn of events for Bramall who was playing for Hednesford on a part-time basis, while working full-time at a Bentley car factory.

He was facing redundancy last month and speaking to BBC radio sport, Bramall spoke about his change in fortune in being invited to a trial by Arsenal.

“I got made redundant by Bentley on the Tuesday [20 December], which was crazy because I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he said.

My agent Lee Payne rings me on the Wednesday saying you’ve got a trial at Arsenal. I was like ‘what?’ – I was gobsmacked.

He said pack your stuff and get to this postcode, so I packed all my stuff in about an hour, got there as fast as I could, slept for a bit, then the next minute I’m in training with the first team.

It was crazy how quick everything happened, how I met everyone and they just took me straight in. I had to take the opportunity with both hands.”

Arsene Wenger said of the signing.

“Bramall is a young, promising left-back who has a lack of experience at the top-level but who has fantastic ingredients.

He has tremendous pace, a good left foot, a great desire to do well. Overall, he’s a very exciting prospect.”