Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal’s first signing of the winter transfer window, and has given him some huge praise.
The Gunners have agreed to sign Cohen Bramall from non-league side Hednesford Town for a reported fee of around £40,000.
Wenger confirmed the move on BeInSports, saying: ‘Cohen Brammal has signed for us. He’s an exceptional physical talent..
‘I don’t think he’s ready, today, to play in Premier League but he has similarities to a young Ashley Cole.”
Arsenal come across the youngster when impressing on trial with Sheffield Wednesday previously, before inviting him to come to North-London to train with the Gunners’ senior side on another trial basis in December.
The full-back is now expected to join up with the development squad as he continues his progress.
Being likened to Ashley Cole is a huge talking point, with the former England international having been a key cog in the famous Invincibles side of 2004, before going onto win further honours with Chelsea including both European club trophies, and could have been argued to be the best left-back in the world for a number of years.
Cohen will certainly have a long way to go before he can be held in the same regard as Cole, but Wenger clearly has huge hopes for him in the future.
Hector Bellerin has made the step-up from the reserve side in recent seasons and is currently being ranked among the best in the world at present, and should the Gunners boss be proved right, we could well have the best full-backs in the Premier League for some time once he makes his step up.
Is Ashley Cole the biggest name he could have been likened to? Does Cohen’s arrival mean we no longer need to replace Gibbs/Monreal?