West Ham vs Arsenal: Arsene Wenger warns Hammers to expect more London Stadium misery after Emirates move

Wenger's Arsenal side struggled to adjust to the Emirates Stadium after leaving Highbury, but West Ham's problems appear to go much deeper into the club

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Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, believes it will take years for West Ham to settle and find their feet at their new home.

Arsenal suffered teething problems after moving from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006. 

That is nothing compared to the issues at West Ham's Stratford base with the problems lying deeper on and off the pitch at the London Stadium.

Arsenal head to struggling West Ham tomorrow, who have won just two league games on home soil in four months, and Wenger said: "It takes a few years, because you have to make memories and build a little history. 

"For a while, when you move from the marble hall at Highbury, it was full of history, and suddenly you move to a stadium where nothing happened before you came in there. 

"You feel a bit lonely there, so you have to rebuild the environment from the results that you had before. 

"For the supporters it is the same. They sat every time next to the same guy, and they talk and say ‘Remember last time we were here, we beat this team’ and then suddenly they sit away from them.

"You cannot create something artificially something that doesn’t exist. I feel as well the players at the ground, before when you played at Highbury, you kind of had a picture. 

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Arsene Wenger drew on his own experience of leaving Highbury for the Emirates (Getty)

"When you play up front you know where the goal is, because the signals coming from the crowd. 

"You know where the adverts are and sometimes you have no time to make your decision, but you have a geographical reference when you stand on the pitch that is linked to the stadium. You have to recreate that."

Wenger confirmed Santi Cazorla will be sidelined for three months with a foot injury. 

Cazorla, the Spanish midfielder, missed six months of last season with a knee injury but Wenger will not look to replace the influential playmaker.

Asked if he is tempted to buy a replacement, Wenger said: "No, not really. In midfield we have many players. 

"We have the numbers and the quality and secondly, in the January transfer market, you will not necessarily find a Cazorla, even if you want to.

"What has gone wrong is that he has an inflammation at the back of the foot and nobody knows where it comes from. The anti-inflammatory injections have not got rid of it.

Arsene Wenger, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla feature in mock Arsenal press conference

"You always know the date of the surgery but never the date where the player will play again.

"For me it's very bad news. He's desperate to play football. He's only happy on the football pitch. I've spoken to him of course. 

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Fans have grown frustrated with West Ham's home form this season (Getty)

"He himself wants to get out of that vicious circle of going out and coming in again. He just wants to cure it."

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