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Bony’s asking price gives Arsenal every reason to make bold move

| 03.06.2014

Having performed wonders in his first full season in English football with Swansea, it’s no surprise that the Welsh club have reportedly attached a hefty-sounding £19m-price tag to their 25-goal top scorer Wilfried Bony.

After arriving from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem last summer, off the back of a prolific season in Holland, Bony carried on where he left off at the Liberty Stadium, hitting 16 Premier League goals to christen a fine personal campaign.

Naturally, this has led to a host of Premier League clubs sniffing around for his signature with Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham apparently the keenest to take him off Swansea’s hands.

However, given the amount of mullah the Swans are asking for, the likes of the Magpies and the Hammers may well be dissuaded from continuing their interests in the Ivory Coast international – who is 7/1 to be his country’s top scorer at the World Cup.

But with a reported £100m waiting to greet freshly reappointed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, the FA Cup holders have no such excuse to end their interests in the powerful 25-year-old.

Arsenal’s most successful season in nearly a decade had looked for the best part of half-a-season that the north Londoners could finally be labelled as genuine title contenders once again.

Nagging questions over the thinness of their squad persisted though, and in particular up front, where the work load placed upon Olivier Giroud as the lone striker was heavily scrutinised as they ultimately fell short.

While the Londoners were once again linked with many of the continent’s leading marksmen in January nothing materialised then either.

Bony may not be a name associated in the same bracket as say a Karim Benzema, but he’s shown he has all the requisite attributes to excel in the Premier League, which would be a major boon to Arsenal’s chances of the title in 2014/15.

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Christian Crowther

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