The Gunners were looking for an immediate response to their North London derby defeat, and goals from Laurent Koscielny and Walcott gave them a commanding 2-0 lead at the interval.
However, despite a relatively good first half, the second period was a struggle and the Foxes could count themselves unfortunate not to have come away with at least a point.
"It was disappointing," Walcott was quoted saying. "The performance wasn't the best at times but we got the three points.”
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, as an attacking force Arsene Wenger’s men had 17 efforts on goal and created 12 opportunities over the 90 minutes via key passes.
With the attacking talent available to the French boss, going forward the Gunners are always going to be dangerous but that can often be overshadowed by poor ball retention and pass selection.
The hosts bossed possession with a 57% majority, but worryingly they gave the ball away a total of 133 times either through misplaced passes or being dispossessed.
While gaining three important points in the race for a top-four position, Walcott’s post-match comments are a friendly reminder of the high standards which are expected of the team.
Many players or staff in a position similar to the North Londoners would have discarded the performance, place a lot of emphasis on the result only and that could lead to a bad precedent.
Arsenal’s performances have to be better, as in spite of spirited and often impressive spells from the Foxes, better teams with more attacking quality will punish them.