Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expecting new signing Cohen Bramall to quickly prove himself at Under-23 level before allowing the 20-year-old to step up to the first-team, but is backing him to do so because of the 'important ingredients' he has.


Although Bramall was able to train with first-team superstars like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez during his successful recent trial, it has been made clear from the start that the former Hednesford Town left-back will have to initially earn his stripes in the junior ranks.

"He will start with the under-23s. First [he has] to show at youth level that he can quickly make the first team," Wenger has explained to Arsenal.com.


The boss has already made headlines with his comparisons of Bramall to Ashley Cole, and so it is a challenge he is hopeful the non-league schooled talent will be able to achieve.


"Overall I believe he has fantastic physical qualities, he has a good level of motivation because he has gone down and come up again" Wenger continued.

"[He has] to prepare, to challenge the first-team players as quickly as he can. That could be in a very short period of time. He has the ingredients: the timing of his runs is very good, he has decent technique and exceptional pace. These are very important ingredients today.


"He was a [track & field] athlete before and he came late to the game and that's why I believe in him. Can he manage the tactical aspect and the technical aspect? Physically, he will be top level."


Upon his arrival, Bramall revealed he has modelled his game on the likes of global stars David Alaba and Marcelo, while he even named home-grown Gooner Kieran Gibbs as a player he looks up to. His Arsenal hero growing up was legendary striker Thierry Henry, though.


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