Cohen Bramall admits it is “incredible” that he has gone from non-league football and redundancy to joining Arsenal – with the Gunners officially announcing his signing on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old left-back had been on trial with Arsene Wenger’s side, with Arsenal having now paid a nominal fee, believed to be £40,000, to recruit the former factory worker from Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Hednesford Town.
Bramall will initially link-up with the under-23 squad after failing to secure deals following trials at both Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday.
Wenger said last week that Bramall, who was made redundant from his job in a Bentley factory a day before signing with the Premier League side, has “similarities to a young Ashley Cole”.
Whether he can go on to emulate the sort of trophy-laden career as the former England left-back remains uncertain, but for now Bramall will be adjusting to his new life as a professional footballer.
Asked how it felt to be an Arsenal player, Bramall told the club’s official website: “Incredible, incredible. It’s a dream come true. I can’t believe that I’m here already.
“I played a game at Birmingham City on a Monday. Then on the Tuesday, I was made redundant from Bentley Motors and on the Wednesday, Arsenal came in.
“I was gobsmacked and took the chance with both hands. I drove down on the Wednesday and trained with the first team on Thursday and Friday. Then they offered me a deal.”
Wenger already has Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs as left-back options in his senior squad, so Bramall may have to wait to break into the first-team picture at the Emirates Stadium.