In Focus: Arsenal right to loan out Cohen Bramall for his development

According to reports in The Mirror, Arsenal are ready to send young left-back Cohen Bramall out on loan next season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had told the 21-year-old – who has played an active part in their pre-season preparations – that he would be the back-up to new signing Sead Kolasinac with Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs expected to move on.

However, The Mirror says that the Spaniard looks set for another campaign at the Emirates leaving Bramall as the third-choice left-back and Wenger is ready to send him out on loan for some regular playing time – especially as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can cover at left wing-back if needed.

The report adds that a number of Championship clubs are interested in Bramall, who secured a dream move to Arsenal from non-league outfit Hednesford Town during the January transfer window, but that they could choose to send him to Sparta Rotterdam instead as the north London outfit believes it could be a more suitable move.

How has Bramall done during his time with Arsenal?

While he is yet to make an appearance for the first team in a competitive game, Bramall made nine appearances for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2 last season, scoring one goal and providing a further three assists.

Wenger proved how the 21-year-old could be part of his plans for the upcoming campaign as he went on their pre-season tour to Sydney, Beijing and Shanghai and he made his debut in a friendly against Sydney FC last month before featuring against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.

Is there any chance Bramall could stay?

It doesn’t appear so.

As it stands, Wenger has Gibbs, Monreal, Kolasinac and Oxlade-Chamberlain that can play the left wing-back role that the Frenchman is favouring right now and even if the former leaves, Bramall is unlikely to get much of a look in during the upcoming campaign.

In truth, a loan spell would be beneficial for the 21-year-old to prove that he can have a future at the Emirates in the long-term, but whether it would be an advantage to move to Sparta Rotterdam over a Championship side remains to be seen for his development.