"Yes, I believe that he has adapted to the team play, to the way we want to play football", Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.
"Not at all, that's going to very quick conclusions", Wenger told a news conference when asked if there is concern regarding the player's focus. I just try to get him back to full fitness, for me the Europa League and League Cup is important.
'I just try to give him competition and to get him back to his best, because I gave him a long holiday and after that long holiday this year he had a real rest. He came back not really fit and it took us time to get him back and then he got injured. I used a team at Chelsea that could be strong on the counter-attack and fight hard.
That was never a guarantee with the other two, especially Alexis, who many continue to doubt at this juncture.
While Gareth McAuley made his return to the side in midweek, Pulis may perhaps be tempted to bring Craig Dawson back into the fold alongside Jonny Evans, with Allan Nyom playing at right-back and Kieran Gibbs lining up on the left, against his former club.
The North London club were interested in securing the England international's services in the summer though Manchester City were not willing to do business.
As far as replacing Alexis Sanchez is concerned, of course Raheem Sterling would be an excellent acquisition.
"I've said many times, it's down to whether he can remain fit", the Frenchman said.
Wenger observed that one unforeseen effect of spiralling transfer fees has been to make it harder for clubs to offload players, and harder for unhappy players under contract to force a move.