Arsenal launched late Wayne Rooney bid?

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney arrives at the Liberty stadium for the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales, on August 17, 2013
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Arsenal reportedly made a late unsuccessful bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal reportedly tried to prise striker Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United with a late bid on transfer deadline day.

The Gunners had been linked with the England international during the summer, but interest from the North London outfit and rivals Chelsea cooled when it appeared that the 27-year-old was content to stay at Old Trafford.

Arsenal were rebuffed in their attempts to sign Rooney last night, while they were also unsuccessful in a late approach for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, according to the Daily Star.

Despite losing out on those targets, Arsenal managed to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club-record £42.5m fee.

Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid looks on during the pre-season match between Lyon and Real Madrid on July 24, 2013
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