Eight days ago – in the home win over Bournemouth – the Chilean’s arrival as a second-half substitute was greeted with jeers rather than cheers. However, has since changed after Alexis’ performance in victory over Europa League opponents FC Koln.
Wenger said: “We love Alexis. He is a special character and we all love him.
“I think he is well-loved and he’s accepted – and that he’s happy here at Arsenal.”
Wenger was quick to remind everyone that Sanchez had actually played in last month’s 4-0 humiliation at Liverpool.
He said: “Yes, but he was in the team at Liverpool as well. We lose all together and win all together.
“It’s not just about one person, it’s about the team performance – and that means everyone, who comes on or who starts, giving 100 per cent.”