Arsène Wenger has long been known for his ability to spot a diamond in the rough - and he could have another gem on his hands.

Cohen Bramall’s signing from Hednesford Town is the latest example of a non-league player moving to the Premier League, and the Arsenal manager feels that grounding gives players a real hunger to succeed.

“I believe that when you go down, there’s mental selection,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It’s a mental test - do you love football enough?

“Are you ready enough to fight [to show] that you are above this level and that you absolutely want to come back? Players like Giroud and Koscielny have had that test. They are similar to that. Once they get up, they really mean it.

“[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.”


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9 Jan 2017