However Arsenal, led by the talismanic Alexis Sanchez, scored a 5-2 victory; with the Chilean scoring his first goals of the season and finding the net for the first-time in over 14 hours of Premier League footballer.
The £35m star bagged 26 for the Gunners last season but had gone eight games without a goal until Saturday’s hat-trick.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger agrees Sanchez is back to his world-class best.
“We struggled defensively, but I’d say we got back to our striking force and more than four goals is something very special”, Mertesacker told his club’s site.
Arsene Wenger has refused to embroil himself in another battle of words with Jose Mourinho, who took yet another thinly veiled swipe at the Arsenal manager following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
“It will be up there since the knee injury and, before that, the Tottenham game“, Walcott said.
Leicester’s start to the season has been quite remarkable. “Now today we lost, but I want to see our reaction very soon”.
Reflecting on Sanchez’s man-of-the-match display, Wenger added, “Alexis was waiting for a goal”.
When asked by a Sky Sports reporter to say “where he thought Arsenal were”, Wenger responded by saying: “We are a team in progress”.
Walcott said: “It could have been 12-8, it was that kind of game”.
Walcott has been given his chance in centre forward this season, and is proving what he is capable of through the middle.
Two weeks ago you had Manchester City playing West Ham at home so you would expect that they would make the difference. The team would possibly need to tighten up their defence, as keeping clean sheets has been proven hard for the Premier league side.
“Sanchez is fantastic. I’ve known him since when he played in Italy and when he plays at this level he is an wonderful player and can do everything”.
That loss leaves little margin for error against the Greek side so the pressure will be on Walcott if Wenger once again deploys him as Arsenal’s lone central striker.