By Matt Farr
Arsenal youngster Cohen Bramall has admitted he found it difficult to adapt during his debut performance for the Under-23s on Monday night.
Bramall was making his very first appearance in Arsenal colours following his move from Northern Premier League outfit Hednesford Town earlier this month.
The 20-year-old was named in Steve Gatting’s starting XI for their meeting with Southampton Under-23s, and he played 83 minutes during the 3-1 victory.
However, he admitted that it was much tougher than anything he had previously encountered during his career, and that he found it difficult to adapt to the pace of the game.
He told Arsenal’s official website: “It was so fast…it was hard to get used to. I just need to do well now, keep training hard and keep getting better and better. Hopefully, I can get to where I need to be in the future.
“It’ll be a big challenge, because from Hednesford in the league I played in, it was pretty slow and I had a lot more time on the ball than I did here. It was fast and I need to be better and think quicker on the ball.
“I think in the next game that I play, I’ll be a lot more confident. I can trust my team-mates more and just hopefully get to know the players a lot better.”
Bramall has his sights set on the Arsenal first-team, but Gunners fans will likely have to wait a long time before they can see their new signing in action on the bigger stage.
However, Arsene Wenger rates him highly, hence the decision to sanction £40,000 to land him from the seventh-tier, a move which shocked Gunners fans.
The victory for Arsenal’s U23 side was their fifth win in six league games, and saw them move up to fifth in the table.
In other Arsenal news, Barcelona ace Sergi Samper has revealed he rejected a move to Arsenal in the summer.