Arsenal latest: Including Diame confusion and Mannone a wanted man

News and gossip from The Emirates this past 24 hours

Arsenal produced a scintillating display of attacking football to thrash West Ham 5-1 at The Emirates last night. Despite going down 1-0 to an early goal from Jack Collison but Lukas Podolski equalised just minutes later. But the second half started in magnificent style as Arsenal scored four goals in ten minutes courtesy of Olivier Giroud (2), Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott.

Momo Diame has declared himself happy at West Ham United. The Senegalese midfielder was dropped to the bench for the game with Arsenal fuelling rumours he had had a falling out with Sam Allardyce about a potential move away from Upton Park. Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder who has a £3.5 million release clause in his contract.

But according to the Daily Mail Diame is actually considering reporting West Ham for attempting to avoid releasing from his contract if the release clause is met, but Sam Allardyce says no bids have been made.

Arsenal have officially missed out on Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente after he agreed to sign for Juventus in the summer. The Basque striker has agreed a four-year-deal with the Italian champions and will join up with the club when his contract expires in June.

Arsenal have been linked with Swansea City defender Ashley Williams. The Welsh captain has been in imperious form this season and he has also been linked with a move to join up with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. He has been valued at £8 million by the League Cup finalists.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has again distanced himself from a move for Arsenal playmaker Andrei Arshavin. The Russian is out-of-contract in the summer and has been linked with several clubs this January; with Reading the most prominent name mentioned on multiple occasions. However a deal now seems unlikely.

Arsenal have been alerted to a potential opportunity to bring Isaac Cuenca in on loan. It is believed that Blaugrana are prepared to allow the young Spaniard the opportunity to gain first team football with Valencia already believed to be in talks about a temporary deal. Arsenal are likely to face competition from Liverpool in the Premier League.

Mats Hummels has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Arsenal this January. Barcelona have long been considered the favourites to sign the German international from Borussia Dortmund but it is now believed The Gunners may tempt BVB with a bid of £17.6 million to pry him away.

Napoli have been linked with a move for Arsenal’s second choice keeper Vito Mannone. The Italian featured for much of the start of the current season due to injuries to other more senior keepers but now he is believed to crave first-team football on a regular basis and Napoli see him as a future number one.

Finally and we at HITC have bought you a summary of Brazilian talent Jorginho; the Hellas Verona midfielder being linked with a move to Arsenal.

What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 24th January 2013?

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