Thierry Henry reacts to Arsenal's 4-1 win over West Ham

Wenger was speaking ahead of the Super Sunday clash with West Ham and admitted it has been an unusual build-up to the game.

While thoughts have understandably turned to who will succeed Wenger at the Emirates, the Frenchman's next move is generating equal attention. There were still vast swathes of empty seats.

However, four second-half goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and two late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette ensured Wenger was able to celebrate a comfortable victory on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon in the British capital.

Arsenal did not put on a vintage display for their boss in the first half but they had the game's first real chance as Laurent Koscielny headed narrowly wide from Granit Xhaka's corner. This has become a football divorce between two parties with irreconcilable differences.

"I respect my contract", said Wenger, whose name rung out around the stadium following a late Arsenal rally. "I think we constructed patiently".

"I had the feeling a little bit to assist live at my funeral because people speak about "how you were" - so I don't need to die any more", he said, drawing a loud laugh at a packed news conference.

"Overall, the image we gave is not what it is and not what I like".

So there you have it.

"We were only informed on Friday about the manager's decision to step down at the end of the season, so it's still quite emotional". "At the moment my focus is where it's always been, my loyalties to this club until the last day I'm here".

"I'm not resentful and I don't want to make stupid headlines", added Wenger. "It's been a great period for me and I'm thankful for that".

This win will set Arsenal up nicely for their upcoming Europa League tie with Atletico Madrid.

Wenger is walking away having failed to maintain the standards which once saw him land Premier League titles, grace the Champions League and negotiate an entire top-flight campaign unbeaten.

With the win, Arsenal stay sixth in the table with 57 points while West Ham are 15th with 35 points.

As a result, a number of managers have already linked to take over from Wenger next season.

  • Julie Sanders