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Wilfried Bony was not subject of Arsenal offer on deadline day

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Wilfried Bony was seemingly not subject of any deadline day offer from Premier League title contenders Arsenal after all.

As the hours ticked down on a particularly frantic final 24 hours of the transfer window, rumours were abound that the Gunners - devoid of quality striking options and depth following the foot injury sustained by Olivier Giroud during last week's draw at Everton - were eying a late swoop for the £19 million-rated Swansea striker.

No offers

However, despite those links, reports from The Daily Star - who cite official sources at the Liberty Stadium - suggest that the Welsh outfit did not receive a single formal bid for the player during any stage of Monday's proceedings.

Swansea boss Garry Monk will surely be delighted to have retained the services of Bony, with the physical Ivorian having proved a hit in the Premier League since arriving from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse last summer.

25-year-old Bony - who has also been closely linked with Liverpool - notched 17 goals in 34 appearances during his first top-flight season and has also appeared in all three of Swansea's first games of the 2014/15 campaign, with Monk and the player clearly paying very little attention to speculation during their superb start.

Arsenal did eventually sign a striker on deadline day, of course, with Danny Welbeck moving to North London from Manchester United during the early hours of Tuesday morning on a permanent deal believed to be worth in the region of £16 million.

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Happy to stay

Swansea's insistence that Bony was not subject to any concrete late offers does not appear to include tentative enquiries, with reports from Wales suggesting that Ligue 1 moneybags Monaco made their interest know to the player's camp late on Monday following the loss of Radamel Falcao to Manchester United.

A lack of a move does not appear to have effected Bony's commitment to the cause, with his agent having claimed that his client is perfectly happy to remain at Swansea having been treated properly by the club.

"Wilfried is happy to stay in Swansea," Dalibor Lacina said.

"The club have acted properly and professionally towards him and he is looking forward to improving on last season."

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