Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was not the subject of late Arsenal transfer bid

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Klass-Jan Huntelaar was not the late subject of a bid from Arsenal or indeed any other potential transfer suitor this week, according to Schalke general manager Horst Heldt.

Transfer deadline day was a typically frantic occasion once again for Gunners supporters this year, with rumours abound that the club were trying to sign a whole host of players ranging from William Carvalho to the likes of Wilfried Bony, Matija Nastasic and Winston Reid.

New striker talk

With the unfortunate Olivier Giroud set for an extended spell on the treatment table with an ankle injury sustained during the Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park last month, Arsene Wenger was believed to be on the hunt for a credible replacement before the window shut. 

Dutch international Huntelaar - who has also been interesting Liverpool in recent months - was just one of the many names linked with a move to North London as the clock ticked down to midnight on Tuesday. Indeed, reports even suggested that Arsenal had agreed to activate the player's £12.5 million release clause.

Such speculation appears to have been nothing more than typically presumptuous tittle-tattle, however, with Heldt keen to stress that there were no offers or enquiries made for one of Schalke's key assets.

No Arsenal approach

"There was no approach from Arsenal or from any other club," he told German publication Kicker in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Daily Star.

As well as confirming a lack of firm interest in Huntelaar, Heldt waxed lyrical about the 32-year-old's importance to the club as well as expressing confidence that he may soon put pen-to-paper on a contract extension at Veltins Arena.

"Klaas-Jan is part of Schalke's core. We can definitely see him sign a contract renewal here. He is a great player, an absolute modern professional. He's always hungry for success and wants to achieve his goals."

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Welbeck deal

Wenger did eventually fulfil his ambition of recruiting a new striker on deadline day, of course, with an agreement with Manchester United eventually reached over the £16 million permanent transfer of Old Trafford youth graduate and lifelong Red Devils enthusiast Danny Welbeck.

The capture of Welbeck - who picked up a knock in England training this week but managed to appear for the final 20 minutes of the dour 1-0 friendly win over Norway on Wednesday night - appears to have divided many supporters, with some having lamented Arsenal's apparent lack of ambition as they bid for a first top-flight title in a decade.

Manchester United's move to bring revered Colombian Radamel Falcao to the Premier League on an initial season-long loan deal has not exactly helped matters, although the chances of Arsenal ever acquiring his signature must have been considered slim by virtue of the sheer cost involved.

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