The Independent London Newspaper
22nd November 2017

IN THE GROVE: Rough diamond to shine

    Published: 12 January, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger is convinced new signing Cohen Bramall has “all the ingredients” to become a star after plucking the youngster from the non-league. 

    The Gunners are said to have paid around £40,000 for the 

    20-year-old left-back, who had been a part-timer for Hednesford Town in the Northern League Premier Division, and had just been made redundant from his job at a Bentley car factory. 

    Wenger feels that playing non-league has instilled just the kind of hunger that Bramall needs to succeed. “He will start with the Under-23s,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “First he has to show at youth level that he can quickly make the first team. 

    “Overall I believe he has fantastic physical qualities, he has a good level of motivation because he has gone down and come up again. 

    “He has to prepare, to challenge the first-team players as quickly as he can. That could be in a very short period of time.

    “He has the ingredients: the timing of his runs is very good, he has decent technique and exceptional pace. These are very important ingredients today. 

    “He was an athlete before and he came late to the game and that’s why I believe in him. Physically, he will be top level.”

    Reflecting on his dream move, Bramall said: “I got made redundant by Bentley in December, and didn’t know what I was going to do. My agent rang me saying you’ve got a trial at Arsenal. I was gobsmacked.” 

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