Arsenal fans are desperately waiting for Arsene Wenger to sign some top stars this summer, but if last year is anything to go by we could be waiting until the very last week of the window.
But today a 21 year old defender, Cohen Bramall, has told about his amazing rise from Hednesford Town, in the Northern Premier League, to be given a place in Arsenal’s U23 squad, just a week after assisting with a Rabona in a Premier Division game against Frickley Athletic.
Most Arsenal fans are not interested in players that only cost a measly £40,00 from the Tier 7 club, but you never know, this time next year he could be in the First team! The 21 year-old was talking in the Shropshire Star about his Rabona moment and how shocked he was to get the call from Arsenal back in January. “When I did it, it was one of them things you don’t plan, it just happened at the time and I just thought I’d go for it.” he said.
“At the time, when I did it I just thought I’d just done a Rabona, I just thought it was normal. Then the next week I get a call off the chairman saying that it’s going to be on next week on live TV. I just couldn’t believe it.”
That began a fairytale week for Bramall, as he explained: “It was pretty quick, it happened all week. On the Monday I had a game for Sheffield Wednesday U23s against Birmingham, probably one of the best games I’ve been involved in. Then I got made redundant the next day, that was from Bentley Motors.
“On the Wednesday I got a call that Shrewsbury Town wanted me on trial for Thursday and Friday, and then I got a call as I was just driving on Wednesday night saying Arsenal want you in Thursday and Friday.
“I was like ‘what? I don’t believe you.’ I thought it was a prank!”
“I didn’t expect to be training with the first-team, I thought I was going to train with the U23s.
“But I just got thrown in at the deep end and I had to take everything under control and just think I’m playing with normal players, but I’m playing with some of the best players in the world.
“My feet are still on the ground, I do pinch myself now and again.”
So if you are playing for a lower League side, never give up on the dream that you could play for Arsenal one day! Just try this one day!