Cohen Bramall is set to leave Arsenal this summer as a free agent and has been speaking about his unsuccessful spell at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to Goal, Bramall feared the worst when Arsene Wenger left the club and it’s clear that he didn’t enjoy the best of relationships with Unai Emery.
He said: “When Unai came in I was hoping to train with the first-team but I didn’t really get that opportunity. I didn’t have a conversation with him once.
“I’m guessing he was told I didn’t have the best of loans at Birmingham, so he just binned me off. When I did get to go over there and train, it was at the last minute. I didn’t get the chance to show Unai what I could do.”
Bramall’s rise from non-league football to Arsenal was staggering but it was always going to be difficult for him to establish himself at a Premier League side, let alone one with the Gunners’ ambitions.
It’s always frustrating for a player when a new manager looks to have made their mind up about them without even seeing him play – and for a side who could do with defensive reinforcements that feeling could have been magnified.
The thing that made Bramall stand out was apparently his searing pace, with Football.London comparing him to the likes of Theo Walcott and Michael Owen – but that was not enough to save his Gunners career.