Arsenal’s newest signing Cohen Bramall has revealed what it was like to go from redundancy to the Premier League within a matter of weeks. The left-back signed for Arsenal last week from non-league side Hednesford Town, just a few weeks after being made redundant from his factory job in Crewe (via Sky Sports).
There are more than a few similarities between Jamie Vardy’s story and the one of the new Arsenal man, Cohen Bramall. Both players went from non-league to the Premier League within a very short space of time but Brammal certainly has more time on his side than the Leicester man.
The 20-year-old signed for Arsenal last week for a fee of around £40,000 from non-league side Hednesford Town. Brammal had been on trial at the Emirates and made the move after impressing Arsene Wenger. The left-back told Sky Sports News how surreal it was for him to meet the Gunners boss after where he was just a few weeks beforehand. Bramall was employed by the Bentley car factory in Crewe but was made redundant the week before Christmas.
“When they told me I was thinking I needed to sort something else quick, I needed more money coming in,” he told Sky Sports. “But the next day I got a phone call saying Arsenal wanted me to come down for a trial.
“I was at the Bentley factory for nearly a year, it was a full-time job fitting radiators and working with big machinery on the production line.
“I was doing long hours and playing for Hednesford Town at the same time, going up for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays and playing matches on Saturdays. It was tiring and I was struggling to get to football sometimes.”
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Bramall had a number of trials at clubs but it was Arsenal who won the race for the full-back and the player’s agent has revealed how this transfer came about.
“Cohen had just been on trial at Sheffield Wednesday,” said his agent Lee Payne. “He played in an Under-23s game against Birmingham City at their training ground and it just so happened that Arsenal scout Brian McDermott was there.
“He asked if Arsenal could get him in after Christmas. I said how about this afternoon? Brian agreed and I called Cohen straight away.
“After about five minutes I was thinking they were going to sign him. Cohen was playing little reverse passes to Alexis Sanchez, crossing the ball and getting on the end of things.
“Arsene Wenger was standing there nodding his head. I knew the first impression was good, and on the second day, Cohen nailed it.
“We went back into the canteen at the end of the session and the chief scout Steve Rowley came over to us. He said that in 30 years he had never seen a player come from that level and do what he did.”
High praise indeed and Arsene Wenger was clearly impressed enough to sign the youngster. It’s unclear what level Cohen Bramall is at right now but hopefully he will develop at the club and maybe even become a first-team player in the future.