The Hammers were keen to sign the Republic of Ireland midfielder in the January transfer window but Bournemouth made it abundantly clear they were not willing to sell the 28-year-old.
Arter has started only 11 Premier League games this season and, despite insisting he is '100 per cent committed' to the club, admitted it was only natural that a player of his experience would question whether he should stay if he cannot get into the team.
He told the Bournemouth Echo: 'When a player my age is not playing and someone who is desperate and just loves playing football, there comes a question over whether long term it is going to the right place for me.
'Ultimately if I am not playing, there has to be a change - and I am sure the manager would understand that.
'If I don't play between now and the end of the season and am a continued spectator then, naturally, there would be a discussion.'