West Ham United star predicts club will be at Arsenal’s level in five years

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West Ham United’s loan star Alex Song sees a bright future for the Premier League outfit.

West Ham United’s on-loan midfielder Alex Song has predicted that the club will be on Arsenal’s level in five years’ time, the Daily Star reports.

The Hammers are in the midst of a critical stage in their future as they prepare to take the necessary steps to bridge the gap on the Premier League rivals.

Right now, Sam Allardyce’s men currently sit in eighth position in the table, seven points behind Sunday’s opponents Manchester United, who currently occupy fourth place.

While that gap can be reduced to just four points with a victory over United at Upton Park, in reality there is still a huge difference between the clubs in terms of finance, player budget, infrastructure and potential.

Alex Song, however, believes his loan club are on the cusp of something huge, claiming that the planned move to the Olympic Stadium will allow the Hammers to challenge rivals Arsenal and even Chelsea.

"I would also like to be around when West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium. It is unbelievable where this club want to be. West Ham want to be one of the best clubs in England,” The Daily Star quotes him as saying.

"I am sure that in the next five years West Ham will be challenging clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea. When they get into the stadium more players will want to come here.”

The Hammers will become the main tenant of the Olympic stadium from 2016 onwards, although it is also to be used for other sporting events such as athletics, Olympicstadium.whu.com confirmed.

The Gunners have been at their impressive Emirates Stadium since it opened in 2006, and it has a capacity of 60,272, helping the club grow its financial streams tenfold.

Since moving in to their new stadium, Arsene Wenger’s men have smashed their transfer record with the purchase of Mesut Ozil, and added another big-money buy in Alexis Sanchez last summer.

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