Bramall: I’ll never forget my Arsenal debut


Cohen Bramall says he enjoyed the best night of his life after making his Arsenal debut in front of 80,000 people in Sydney.

The left-back, who joined the club from non-League side Hednesford Town in January, started the 2-0 win over Sydney FC having been a late inclusion in the Gunners pre-season touring party.

Speaking to Football.London’s Charles Watts, the 21-year-old admitted he’s still getting used to life in and around the first team squad.

“I still pinch myself. I thought when I came out I would be a bit more nervous than I was, but when I started playing I got into my stride.

“It was great, probably the best night of my life to be fair. It was an unreal experience and it meant a lot to me.

“I’ll never forget it and it means a lot to my family – hopefully there is more to come.

“Everyone asks me all the time has it all sunk in? And I always said I thought it would when I make my first team debut.

“And it has – it’s literally just sunk in. Words can’t describe it. I feel really emotional, I just can’t believe it.

“I’m just so grateful to put an Arsenal shirt on and to represent this club.”

Bramall also touched on how he found out he’d be on the plane Down Under.

“It was a late call,” he said. “There were rumours I was going to go but it was literally on the day when it was confirmed.

“I went home, packed my stuff and I was off. I’m just so grateful that they chose me, I’ve only been at the club for six months – I think I’ve come on a bit and they do as well, but I’ve got a long way ahead of me.

“I just can’t wait to carry on.”

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