When asked by Sky Sports about the circumstances around his departure, Wenger said: "I will come out on that a bit later, but I think at the moment it's important to focus on what matters to people who love Arsenal, and that means the results of the next games". In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League via the Europa League.
Such a drought ultimately led to frustration among Arsenal fans, from whom Wenger has always been under pressure.
The fans were not happy and I can understand that and I have to live with that and I can accept that. "I don't know how well I will manage without that".
Marko Arnautovic equalised 13 minutes later when substitute midfielder Manuel Lanzini fed him on the left and the striker shot past the diving David Ospina.
But Aaron Ramsey's cross, which ended up the Hammers' net after a miss-communication at the back, put the hosts back in the driving seat with eight minutes left before Alexandre Lacazette put a gloss on the scoreline with a double inside the final five.
"If you speak about emotions that will certainly be emotionally hard", said Wenger. Because I feel the club is respected and overall the image we gave of our club is not what it is and not what I like. "Winning the Europa League would be a flawless send-off for him".
The Premier League clash in North London was the first time fans were given the opportunity to pay tribute to the Frenchman since he announced he was leaving the Gunners after a revolutionary 22-year spell in charge. It doesn't look good on his ankle.
Badoo Ndiaye gave Stoke the lead in the 11th minute, via a deflection off the boot of Burnley's Kevin Long - an advantage they seemed comfortable with for the remainder of the first half.