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Home horrors: How West Ham’s move compares to other Premier League relocations

Here’s how three other clubs managed life after opening new stadiums

Things haven’t been easy for West Ham since they took up tendency at the London Stadium.

A mixed bag of results, unconvincing displays and fans fighting in the stands have underpinned the Hammers struggles to adapt to life away from their beloved Boleyn Ground.

While it must have felt like as house of horrors over the last few months, we wondered how West Ham’s form in their new digs really compares to other Premier League teams in the past.

To do this, we’ve picked three other clubs – Arsenal, Man City and Southampton – who’ve moved after dawn of the millennium in England’s top division to contrast West Ham with.

We’re judged them on their first 8 games in all competitions and using the standard football points system – i.e three for a win, one for a draw – to rate who settled the best after upping sticks to pastures new.

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Arsenal – 16 points

Just like their current Premier League form, Arsenal are top of the tree when it comes to bedding in.

The Gunners only managed a draw against a Martin O’Neill inspired Aston Villa to kick-off life at the Emirates Stadium on the 19th of August, 2006.

However, they established a firm foothold in their new surroundings pretty quick and don’t lose any of their first eight games after moving on from Highbury. If the move was worth the lack of trophies that followed remains a touchy subject for Arsenal supporters!

Form guide for Arsenal’s first eight games at the Emirates: D, W, D, W, W, W, D, D.

Man City – 15 points

The likes of David Seaman, Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Fowler were starring the Blues when they opened the doors of the City of Manchester Stadium (now the Etihad Stadium) at the beginning of the 2003-04 season.

It turned out to be an easy introduction for City fans as Welsh minnows The New Saints were smashed 5-0 on the day, in a Uefa Cup qualifying tie.

Maine Road never seemed to be missed, thanks to a strong showing for the then Kevin Keegan-managed outfit and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ managed to beat them in their opening eight games they hosted.

Form guide for Man City’s first eight games at the City of Manchester Stadium: W, D, L, W, W, D, W, D.

West Ham – 13 points

West Ham fans it actually hasn’t been a complete disaster, although there’s obviously been some teething problems.

The Hammers existence at the former Olympic Stadium started with a 3-0 Europa League qualifying victory over Slovenian outfit NK Domžale in early August.

Losses to Astra, Watford and Southampton have had Hammers fans pining for the Boleyn Ground, but in the grand scheme of things they’ve haven’t actually been too bad at home – grabbing more than half of our 24 points available.

There’s been some question marks over on-pitch performance in recent weeks, but after back-to-back wins in the League Slaven Bilić will be hoping an upturn in form might finally quell the home jitters for the Irons.

Form guide for West Ham’s first eight games at the London Stadium: W, W, L, L, W, L, D, W.

Southampton – 10 points

The Saints had by far the most difficult start of any off our four sides after upping sticks to St Mary’s in 2001.

Southampton could only scrap a single point from this first FIVE games after abandoning the Dell, so it’s easy to see why they are bottom of our pile.

The men from the south coast had to wait nearly three months for three precious home points, finally beating Charlton in late November of that year.

Form guide for Southampton’s first eight games at St Mary’s: L, L, L, D, L, W, W, W.

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