Mark Noble warns West Ham about playing in the Olympic Stadium

General view of a West Ham fan

The Hammers kicked off life at their new ground with a win over NK Domzale this week.

General view of a West Ham fanGeneral view of a West Ham fan

Mark Noble has told the Daily Star that playing at the Olympic Stadium will be tougher than it was at Upton Park.

The Hammers moved to their new stadium this summer in an emotional goodbye to their old home.

They began life at their new ground in fine style earlier this week as they secured their progression in the Europa League with an impressive win over NK Domzale.

West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate scores their first goalWest Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate scores their first goal

Much has been made about the move to the Olympic Stadium, with many believing that it is a major step to the club becoming one of the big sides in England.

But Noble has sent out a warning, saying that playing in such an arena is only likely to inspire visiting teams and make life tougher for his side.

“We have spoken about it. You go to the Emirates, Old Trafford and the Etihad and they are great arenas to play in,” he told the Daily Star.

“You go there and think it is fantastic to play, and teams are going to come here and think that so we are going to have to be on the ball for the whole season.”

West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring their second goalWest Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring their second goal

It now remains to be seen what kind of season that the Hammers can have this year.

There is no denying that they were impressive last year under Slaven Bilic, and they will be keen to build on that.

Much of their campaign was built on a desire to see off Upton Park in style, and it will be interesting to see if they have a similar desire to ensure their first year at the Olympic Stadium is a success.

West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring their second goalWest Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring their second goal

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