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Bramall will officially leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.

And the defender appeared to aim a parting shot at Emery as he warned his old boss of a mass exodus among the club’s most exciting young prospects.

Having seen their first-team chances limited, the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe move to Germany on loan in search of more regular action.

Bramall believes more will follow suit and used Eddie Nketkah of an example of how Emery is holding his players back.

Asked in an interview with Goal if others will leave, he replied: “Yes, 100 per cent.

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

“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.”

Eddie Nketiah is one the most highly-rated young players to come through the Arsenal academy in years but was limited to only nine appearances last term.

That is despite a long-term injury to Danny Welbeck and Bramall was scathing in his assessment of the way Emery has treated him.

“I feel sorry for Ed because Danny was injured for a lot of the season and Ed should have been given more chances,” he added.

“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 Champions League and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”

Bramall does hold some hope for the future as former Under-23s manager Freddie Ljungberg is moving over to the first team.

“Freddie has coached us for a whole season, he knows who is ready, who isn’t and who is ready to go out on loan,” he said.

“I think a lot more youngsters will get an opportunity now with Freddie there, especially in the cup games and the Europa League.”



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