The young man who made the headlines last week after joining the club from non-league Hednesford Town, Cohen Bramall, had his first run out in an Arsenal shirt last night, and said that the pace of the game was far greater than the level he’s used to playing at.
We sometimes wonder why young players find it hard to make the step-up from reserve to first team football, but it seems the difference between the 7th tier of the English game and the underage league is just as steep.
“It was so fast!,” he told Arsenal Player. “It was hard to get used to. I just need to do well now, keep training 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.
“It was amazing. I’m just happy that in my first game for Arsenal that we got the three points really.”
He’ll be glad to get his one under his belt, and start his development apace.