Bramall ‘gobsmacked’ by Arsenal opportunity


Cohen Bramall has revealed he was ‘gobsmacked’ when he arrived at Arsenal’s training ground for his trial and thanked Gunners’ scout Brian McDermott for giving him the opportunity to impress Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal are yet to confirm the deal that sees the 20-year-old swap Hednesford Town’s 6,000 capacity Keys Park stadium for the Emirates but the left-back says he’s already moved out of his mum’s house and is looking forward to challenging for a first team place in pre-season.

Reflecting on his big break, Bramall told Sky Sports News: “I drove in there and then I saw Arsenal Football Club, I was absolutely gobsmacked. It was like a dream. It was so weird.

“I was with the first team on the Thursday and the Friday. My eyes just lit up straight away. I had to do my job. I just played to the best of my ability. Used my speed a lot overlapping from left-back and tried to get my body out there in front of Wenger.

“He came up to me after the session and it was literally a ‘hi, nice to meet you’. And he said ‘I like how you play’. Just them words, you don’t get that a lot do you. It’s amazing.”

“I’m speechless. I’ve just been on the phone to my sister and she can’t believe what’s happened.”

Bramall also revealed the role McDermott, who in the last seven years has twice managed Reading and coached Leeds United, played in organising the opportunity to showcase his talents alongside the Gunners first team.

“Brian McDermott… he’s done class. He’s given me the opportunity. I’m so grateful for it.

“I’ve already moved out [of home]! It’s going to be a big task but I think I can do it. Over the next six months I’m going to work physically and mentally and be ready for pre-season and hopefully break into the first team.”

You can watch a snippet of Bramall’s interview with Sky Sports News, here.

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