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Arsenal signs out-of-work non-league left back

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He went from a car factory and non-league side to the books at Arsenal.

That’s worth a standalone line.

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But consider that new Arsenal left back Cohen Bramall, 20, was laid off from the Bentley factory before Christmas, and the story goes next level in a hurry.

Bramall didn’t come out of nowhere, having also had trials at Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday before landing at the Emirates in late December.

From the BBC:

“I got made redundant by Bentley on the Tuesday [20 December], which was crazy because I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he said.

“My agent Lee Payne rings me on the Wednesday saying you’ve got a trial at Arsenal. I was like ‘what?’ – I was gobsmacked.”

Bramall was playing for Hednesford Town, whose biggest recent player was Ashley Williams. The Welsh defender the club for Stockport County at age 19, and that turned out pretty well.

Arsene Wenger likes Bramall quite a bit, and laid out the defender’s skill set on Arsenal.com:

“[Bramall] is a young, promising left back who has a lack of experience at the top level but who has fantastic ingredients. He has tremendous pace, a good left foot, a great desire to do well. Overall, he’s a very exciting prospect.”

Bramall will hit the U-23s first, but here’s hoping he makes a rise through the ranks to complete his Cinderella story.

Soon, he might be able to buy a Bentley.

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