David Gold fires warning at Arsenal and Chelsea

West Ham United co-owner David Gold tells Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham that the east London club are determined to raise their profile

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has warned Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur that the east London club are determined to raise their profile and become a “big fish” in the Premier League after their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

The Hammers are set to leave the Boleyn Ground and head to the London 2012 Olympic Park to occupy the new 54,000-capacity ground.

West Ham have enjoyed an impressive start to the new Premier League season, recording a 2-0 opening-weekend victory at Arsenal, before claiming a 3-0 win at Liverpool in their most recent top-flight outing.

And Gold is convinced that West Ham are on course to establish themselves as one of London’s top clubs in the coming seasons.

Gold told ESPN FC: “We will fill that stadium because there is a correlation between the size of your stadium, the number of fans that support your football club, and your position in the league.

“It is no surprise that Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are at the top of the table because they have the biggest stadiums.

“We want to get into that top mix among the top London clubs. You have Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, but West Ham are slowly pushing upwards.

“The reality of football is that the big fish gobble up the best players from the little fish. The solution to the problem is simple: We need to become a bigger fish.”

West Ham, who are currently eighth in the Premier League table, host Newcastle United in east London on Monday night as they look to continue their solid start to the campaign under new manager Slaven Bilic.

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