Arsenal sign Cohen Bramall – Wenger says it’s the only January deal
Welcome to Arsenal, Cohen Bramall. A 20 year-old left back who has a tasty line in rabonna’s since you ask:
One thing’s for certain, if Bramall can withstand a challenge or ten in the Northern Premier League, there’s a fair chance the lad will not be shy of a tackle in the Premier League.
The BBC report that Bramall signed for the club, having travelled with his agent (!) to London Colney. NPL and he has an agent; modern football, eh?
It’s been a long time since a non-league footballer went straight into the Arsenal squad. Cohen is expected to hone his skills in the Premier League 2 squad for the remainder of this term and to go out on loan to a Championship side next season.
Talking about the January window as a whole at his press conference this morning, Arsène Wenger underlined that it’s unlikely there will be any major activity on the transfer front this winter:
In our club, who is going out? Nobody at the moment. Who is coming in? Nobody. The best way would’ve been to get Cazorla back, to get Danny Welbeck back. Anyway, there is very little hope to find players of that quality in the January transfer market. So the best way to deal with that is to get our injured players back.
It’s little surprise that Wenger is shy of making a winter move. It’s hard to think of a January signing which has worked out in the long term during his reign or even this decade. He would be hamstrung by ineligibility for the Champions League and while that isn’t going to be a decisive factor, it remains – along with the FA Cup – Arsenal’s best hope of silverware this season. The Premier League is long gone.
Wenger has still got some deadwood to shift from the squad. It’s not a nice term but genuinely hard to find another one to suitably describe Mathieu Debuchy. The French full back upset Wenger recently with claims that he and the manager barely spoke. Wenger took time to refute them and claims the club were standing in Debuchy’s way from leaving.
Forcing a move is something you expect the stars to do but the third choice right back whose form over the past two years has been horribly unimpressive? I dare say there will be a queue to drive him to the airport at the moment.
It’s also believed that Carl Jenkinson is on his way out of the club. Rumours abounded that the former Charlton right back was set to move to Hull City but Mike Phelan’s dismissal as manager makes that seem unlikely. Aston Villa has also been mentioned as a possible destination but nothing, as of yet, has come of this.
Jenkinson was dropped after being slaughtered on public media following a series of sub-par performances in Hector Bellerin’s absence. The problem with some Arsenal supporters is that they expect two world-class players for every position and that isn’t going to happen.
It’s disappointing that Arsène seems to have dismissed the prospect of a major signing or two this winter. He’s obviously playing his cards close to his chest but also setting himself up for a world of criticism if this season ends badly and he’s perceived not to have done his best to stop failure arriving.