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Arsenal complete signing of young defender

Arsenal have completed the signing of left-back Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town.

The 20-year-old defender impressed while on trial with the Gunners and will now link up with the club's Under-23 team.

It is thought the Premier League side have paid Hednesford around £40,000 for the full-back.

Cohen Bramall has completed his move to Arsenal. Credit: PA

Asked how it felt to be an Arsenal player, Bramall told the club's official website: "Incredible, incredible. It's a dream come true. I can't believe that I'm here already.

"I played a game at Birmingham City on a Monday. Then on the Tuesday, I was made redundant from Bentley Motors and on the Wednesday, Arsenal came in.

"I was gobsmacked and took the chance with both hands. I drove down on the Wednesday and trained with the first team on Thursday and Friday. Then they offered me a deal."

Arsenal boss Wenger getting used to comebacks

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger acknowledges comebacks and late goals have almost become an Arsenal speciality this season.

The Gunners came from behind and snatched a last-gasp 2-1 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie at Championship side Preston on Saturday.

That came after they beat West Brom with a late winner and claimed a dramatic last-minute draw at Bournemouth over the Christmas period. There were also late shows against Southampton, Burnley, Sunderland and Manchester United earlier in the campaign.

Wenger said: "I think since the start of the season we have had many, many, many comebacks and many goals in the final minutes.

"But I would first like to congratulate Preston for the quality of their game, especially in the first half where we were outpaced and they played with desire, enthusiasm and quality and they gave us many problems - full commitment for 90 minutes.

"It was a great cup tie and we needed to dig deep to win the game."


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