Report per DCannon,
After a solid but unspectacular debut for Arsenal’s u23s during a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Southampton on Monday evening, Cohen Bramall has publicly admitted the fact that he faces a big challenge as he aims to adapt to the pace of top flight football swiftly following his surprise move from non-league side Hednesford Town.
It’s a challenge that he welcomes as he’ll understand the importance of being adaptable to different conditions, whilst continuously developing as an individual.
The talented fullback, who signed for £40,000 earlier this month, played 83 minutes and put in a respectable shift defensively on his debut as he started at left-back.
Having started slowly, he grew in confidence as the match wore on and Southampton’s opener before the interval seemed to have a positive impact on Arsenal’s players as they started the second-half, eager to equalise and punish their hosts in a clinical manner.
When questioned about his thoughts on the game itself, he said it was good and a match that he enjoyed despite conceding early through Jonathan Afolabi’s close-range volley.
On the relationship with his new teammates: “They pushed me through the game, communicated with me pretty well and I’m just so happy that they were so confident, passed me the ball.”
It wasn’t a surprise to see him talking quite frankly about the key differences between non-league football and the tempo in comparison at u23 level. As quoted by the club’s official website, he said the following:
“It was so fast, 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.