At first glance, Arsenal’s signing of Cohen Bramall might seem a little perplexing.
It is very rare for the club to express interest in a non-league player, let alone to push ahead with signing them.
However, assessing the situation a little further, Bramall’s signing certainly makes sense, especially when it is taken into consideration that the 20-year-old will go into the U23 squad as opposed to being thrown into the senior set-up.
Arsenal currently have a lack of options at left-back at youth level. Marc Bola has developed well in recent seasons but could be sent out on loan next season, while Tolaji Bola can also play there.
Beyond that, however, there isn’t much choice for coach Steve Gatting, with a signing in that area for the youth team having been needed for some time.
Bramall’s arrival hasn’t yet been officially confirmed, but, once he does join, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to life at his new club. Possessing searing speed and good strength, Bramall may well take some time to adjust to Arsenal’s style of play but he certainly performed sufficiently to impress Arsene Wenger in his two-day trial at the club.
In the longer term, Arsenal’s first-team left-back options will also need to be rejuvenated in the not too distant future, with Nacho Monreal set to turn 31 next month and Kieran Gibbs having again struggled with injuries this campaign.
There could, then, be a feasible route for Bramall into the Arsenal first-team should he impress at youth level. Even if he fails to make the cut, however, it is still a remarkable story for him to sign for the club in the first place.