Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall takes parting shot at Unai Emery and warns Gunners more players are going to leave

19 Jun

Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall has taken a parting shot at Gunners boss Unai Emery.

The 23-year-old, who failed to make a senior appearance during his two-and-a-half years in north London, will leave the Emirates when his contract expires on June 30.

Cohen Bramall joined Arsenal in a £40,000 deal from non-league club Hednesford Town in 2017
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He has warned Arsenal chiefs that more youngsters could follow him out of the door in search of regular first-team football.

Arsenal academy graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson were loaned to the Bundesliga, while exciting prospect Eddie Nketiah made just nine appearances under Emery last season.

When asked if he believes other fringe players could leave, Bramell told Goal: “Yes, 100 per cent.

“If they don’t get the chance to show how good they are they will go abroad.

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“There are a lot of clubs in the Bundesliga who want English talent and they will jump ship and go and try it over there.”

Nketiah, whose playing time has been severely restricted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, is attracting loan interest from Championship clubs.

And Bramell insists Emery should have given the young striker more first-team chances last season.

He added: “I feel sorry for Ed because Danny [Welbeck] was injured for a lot of the season and Ed should have been given more chances.

“But with the media and the fans, there is a lot of pressure on youngsters because as soon as they don’t have the best game, people are on to them.

“It’s hard to take in. But with Ed, the boss should have given him more chances.

“The first-team were in a difficult position last year, though, obviously trying to get into the Champions League and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”