By Emma Sanders
Arsenal have signed Cohen Bramall following a successful trial, the club announced on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old has penned a professional contract with the club and will join up with Steve Gatting’s Under-23s squad after impressing while on trial from Hednesford Town.
Arsenal’s official website and Twitter account announced the news of their new signing on Tuesday lunchtime.
That’s right, it’s official
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 10, 2017
The defender, who is principally a left-back but can also fill in at left midfield, will not be in Arsene Wenger’s first team squad but has impressed the Arsenal staff enough to earn a place in the successful youth academy.
The Mirror claim the deal cost Arsenal just £40,000 and Bramall has signed a contract which will keep him in London until at least 2019.
Bramall was unheard of when it was revealed he was undergoing a trial with the club after he was scouted from non-league side Hednesford Town.
The youngster played his football in the Northern League Premier Division but has now made the huge leap to the Premier League academy and hopes to break into the first time in the future.
Last season he played at Market Drayton but he will spend the rest of 2016-17 competing for a place in Arsenal’s reserve squad.
The non-league star is the club’s first January signing though they have been linked to a number of targets.
Football Insider verdict:
The youngster will have a lot of eyes on him and fans will be eager to see how he progresses but after making the step up from non-league football he must embrace the opportunity. He will not be expected to make an immediate impact so he will be given the chance to learn and progress through the academy ranks and follow in the footsteps of a number of successful youth players in the club. Arsenal have overseen the breakthrough of some seriously top young talents so Bramall could be the next player scouted from a promising crop of English players and hopefully he will deliver.
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